Sat | Aug 19, 2017

High schools show support for special needs, Deadline extended for Digicel 5K Imagine Run

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Students of the St George’s College, along with their Guidance Counsellor, Mrs Colleen Yee Sing Mitchell, pose with symbolic bibs to mark their participation in the Digicel 5K Imagine Run. St George’s College is one of several schools that will participate in this year’s run, which is in aid of 12 special needs institutions.

KINGSTON:

Support for the Digicel 5K Imagine Run 2015 continues to increase since its launch over a month ago, with over 200 high-school students signed up to participate in the annual event on Saturday.

This includes students from Campion College, Camperdown High School, Mavis Bank High, AISK and St George's College.

Digicel extended a special invitation to schools within the Corporate Area to drive further awareness of the special-needs community, while educating the students about the cause during their morning assemblies.

Now in its fourth staging, the annual event has maintained its mandate of using the funds raised to develop special-needs institutions in Jamaica.

"At St George's College, we do a number of charities as we believe it is important for our students to give back to the community," shared Colleen Yee Sing-Mitchell, guidance counsellor at the North Street-based institution.

"Special needs is not necessarily one of the areas to which the gentlemen of the school have been exposed, so we think the Digicel 5K Run is an ideal opportunity for them to learn about Jamaica's special-needs community and play a part in supporting them," she added.

 

Deadline extension

To facilitate the growing number of participants, the deadline was extended and will close today.

Interested persons may sign up for the Run online at www.runningeventsja.com for $1,200 or make a contribution to the cause through the Digicel Foundation.

In addition to the traditional run, walk and wheelchair options, persons will also be able to sign up for the 'Fun' route, which is an obstacle course filled with challenges, including pillow fights, neon light, paint and other interesting diversions.

"Our aim at Digicel Foundation is to not only improve the lives of our special needs friends, but to also educate more persons about special needs so that they can be

better integrated into our society," said executive director of the Digicel Foundation, Samantha Chantrelle.

She added: "With increased awareness, we will eventually see Jamaicans making more effort to help these persons, whether it is through a simple act of helping a blind person to cross the road or to volunteer their time at one of the 12 beneficiary institutions of the run."