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Thousands run for special needs

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Wheelchair participants in the Digicel Imagine 5K Run are off to a start in the 4th staging of the event. Over 10,600 participants registered to run in the event that seeks to raise funds for 12 special needs institutions.

Jean Lowrie-Chin, chairman of the Digicel Foundation, has expressed gratitude to the more than 10,600 people lined up on the waterfront, downtown, Kingston to participate the Digicel Imagine 5K Run on Saturday night.

"They have boosted the foundation's islandwide programme for our special-needs family," said Lowrie-Chin of the fourth staging of the event which was held to raise funds for 12 special-needs beneficiaries.

"Our patron, Denis O'Brien, has inspired us with his passion to uplift these beloved Jamaicans. Our special-needs students, athletes, teachers, coaches and volunteers have brought us and our country pride and joy and it is a privilege to partner with them," Lowrie-Chin said.

The charities to benefit are: Jamaica Autism Support Association, Early Stimulation Plus, Genesis Academy, Jamaica Down's Syndrome Foundation, The STEP Centre, Liberty Academy, Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities, Jamaica Society for the Blind, Mustard Seed Communities (Jacob's Ladder), Naz Children's Centre, and Special Olympics Jamaica.

"Seeing the thousands of individuals lined up at the start line this year was heart-warming, humbling, and very encouraging for us," said David Butler, CEO for Digicel Jamaica.