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Record support for Special Needs

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Wheelchair participants in the Digicel Imagine 5K Run headline the starters at the fourth staging of the event, which took place in downtown Kingston, on Saturday night. Over 10,600 participants registered to run in the event that seeks to raise funds for 12 special-needs institutions.

KINGSTON:

A record 10,600 participants lined up on the waterfront, downtown Kingston, to participate in the Digicel Imagine 5K Run on Saturday night.

David Butler, CEO, Digicel Jamaica, said he was encouraged by the record numbers and thanked everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success of the event - being staged for the fourth time - in support of special-needs institutions.

"We want to thank everyone; the participants, our sponsors and partners from corporate Jamaica and the public sector, the media and, importantly, our hundreds of volunteers, for joining us in the support of this great cause," said Butler.

Last year, a total of 8,052 persons turned out to support the cause.

 

many firsts

 

In line with the record turnout, the company is also celebrating several firsts for the race, with this year showing the highest number of

participants coming from the special-needs community. Mustard Seeds registered 229 participants, while Early Stimulation Plus registered a team of 221 participants.

The race also received massive support from the school population across Jamaica, with a total of 427 students from secondary schools and 555 from tertiary institutions.

A new addition to this year's race and a first for 5K races in Jamaica was the fun route. Participants in this section of the race were splashed with paint as they started the route that was laced with fun, interactive obstacles. These included more paint, a maze, a giant-sized pendulum swing, tyre run, balance beam, and ending with a slip and slide.

 

'grateful'

 

Also expressing thanks was Jean Lowrie-Chin, chairman, Digicel Foundation.

"We are grateful to the thousands of persons who registered in this year's race, they have boosted the Foundation's islandwide programme for our special-needs family," she said.

"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," added Lowrie-Chin.