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Sagicor Sigma run rakes in J$26m for charitable cause

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 3:31 PM

The organisers of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run are reporting that an impressive $26 million was collected from the event held today.

The money was donated to the Cornwall Regional's Neo Natal Unit and Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation.

Representatives of the Run's 2015 beneficiaries, Dr Mayolynne Miller of Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and Dr Tracey Evans-Gilbert of Cornwall Regional Hospital, were on hand for the symbolic presentation at the awards ceremony for the 17th staging of the fundraiser event held at Emancipation Park in New Kingston.

"We are totally overwhelmed by the support, because at the present time it is the Foundation that purchases majority of the supplies that are needed for these poor children and we need help," said Miller.

Meanwhile, Evans-Gilbert also expressed gratitude on behalf of the Neo Natal Unit of Cornwall Regional Hospital. "I just want to thanks Sigma and Jamaica, I can't express my gratiude. You are helping a lot of little babies," said Gilbert.

The Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run also saw the largest amount of registrants this year, according to the organisers, with just under 24,000 individuals enrolling to support its 'Save Our Children, Save Our Future' 2015 tagline. The 5.5k walk, run and wheel chair road race also received immense support with over 2,000 volunteers, sponsors and assistance from corporate Jamaica.

Ingrid Card, assistant vice president of Sagicor's Group Marketing, said: "We believe this staging of Sigma Run was one of the most successful. There are many aspects of this event, but we are very grateful for the donations and support from volunteers in aid of charity."