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Entertaining Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk after party

Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Jenny Jenny (left) does a few moves of her own as gospel act Omari entertains the audience.
Digicel Rising Star 2014 winner, T Rizzy, performing at the Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk after party last Saturday.
Munga delivering a few of his rhymes at the Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk after party.
CeCile performing at the Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk after party.
Bugle brought the energy to the Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk After Party last Saturday. Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
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Thousands who turned out to 'shine their light for special needs' at Digicel Foundation's 5K Run/Walk were in for an extra treat when they crossed the finish line, as a host of artistes lit up the stage for the after party.

The bubbly Jenny Jenny played host for the after party. She quickly got members of the audience involved in the entertainment package by encouraging them to participate in various games and competitions, some of which were health based.

The Dancin' Dynamite host, also had patrons roaring in approval when she challenged media personality and Digicel brand ambassador Miss Kitty to a dance-off to QQ's One Drop song. Despite both representing well on the dance floor, an acrobatic split from Miss Kitty stole the show, sending Jenny Jenny into early retirement from clash dancing.

"Mi nah clash wid yu again. Every time mi dance against you, yuh a split and dem thing deh yu gwaan wid", said a jovial Jenny Jenny.

Dance competitions

There were other dance competitions, one involving persons with special needs who went up against the Tuff-A-Lie dancers, who are currently promoting their chikungunya dance move. However, they lost at the hands of an obviously biased audience who were in favour of the dancers with special needs.

Persons with special needs basically stole the show each time they entered a dance competition as patrons found it more amusing to see the varied dance moves they offered or attempted.

There were also performances from gospel artiste Omari - who introduced a freshly converted Chozenn, Bugle, Unknown Kid, Makiyan, among others.

Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of Digicel Foundation, in speaking with The Gleaner, said the support exceeded expectations.

"I thought it was a great night. We had a lot more people than we expected, not just the persons who participated in the race, but also those who joined in on the race route. This is something that everybody just wants to be a part of, and our sponsors have been very good to us," she said.

Chantrelle also believes the event will help to highlight downtown Kingston as a destination, and raise awareness about persons with special needs. Running aside, there were enough distractions on Digicel's main stage to keep patrons well entertained.

An estimated 12,000 persons were said to have turned out in support of the event.

curtis.campbell@gleanerjm.com