Digicel 5K run for Special Needs tonight
Thousands of persons will tonight converge on the Waterfront in downtown Kingston for the Digicel 5K Imagine Run, which is set for a prompt 7 p.m. start.
Now in its fifth staging, the event is aimed at raising awareness and financial support for persons with special needs.
Last year, over 10,600 participants came out in support of the cause and contributed a total sum of $8.4 million, which was donated to 12 special needs institutions.
"We are overwhelmed by the support that we get from Jamaica year after year and we are extremely thankful for it. It's not only about the money, it is about raising awareness for special needs. Our aim is for Jamaica to become a fully integrated society, with access made for both able-bodied and special needs persons," said Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of Digicel Foundation.
She went on to emphasise the importance of sponsors to the event.
"Of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of our very supportive sponsors. Corporate Jamaica continues to show that they take the social development of our island very seriously and it is no different with this 5K," said Chantrelle.
The Digicel Imagine Night Run is sponsored by Marksman, PayPak, Jamaica Producers Group, Urban Development Corporation, Express Fitness, Logo Stitch, Main Event, National Outdoor Advertising, Dairy Industries Jamaica Ltd., Honeybun, Innovative Signs, Jamaica Producers, ARRC Media, ProComm, The Lab, Courts Ready Cash, Courts Optical, Running Events, Urban Development Corporation, Pure National Ice, Gatorade and the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC). Media sponsors are Bess FM, Irie FM, Zip FM, Loop, Mello FM, Nationwide News Network, Love, Suncity, Sportsmax and members of the RJR Group including Power 106, Hitz 92 and TVJ.
Ahead of the race, participants are asked to take into consideration traffic changes. All roads leading to the race route and staging area will be closed to vehicular traffic between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Traffic travelling to or from the Norman Manley International Airport will be diverted by the police during this time.
The northern lane of Ocean Boulevard between West and Princess Streets and the two southern lanes of Port Royal Street between West and Princess Streets were closed to vehicular traffic from last night at 7 p.m. and will re-open tomorrow morning at 7 a.m.
Parking is not permitted along the race route and on the streets in and around the staging area. Instead, participants may park at the Bank of Jamaica parking lot, Scotiabank (East lot only), Grace Kennedy (Hanover Street, George's Lane) Kingston Craft Market, Old Fisheries Complex and the Downtown Transport Centre.