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Sagicor sets $60 million Sigma target

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Richard Byles (left), president and chief executive officer of Sagicor Group Jamaica, and Olympian Yohan Blake greet each other at the launch of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run yesterday at Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.

Speaking as patron at yesterday's launch of the 19th annual Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, Olympian Yohan Blake called for support for the charity event.

Sagicor has set out to raise $60 million from the event for three beneficiaries and is hoping to attract at least 25,000 participants.

This year's Run/Walk is slated for Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 a.m. under the theme 'Run for the Fun, Donate for the Cause'.

The event was launched at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, where Blake gave an emotional appeal.

"I like to speak from the heart because that's where my blessings come from, and when Sagicor asked me to do this, I answered like Schools' Challenge Quiz, I had to do it," Blake said.

Blake believes this year's beneficiaries, Spanish Town Hospital's Paediatric Unit, the Mandeville Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Bethlehem Home, operated by Missionaries of the Poor should be given full support.

"It's a miracle that God is working through Sagicor to have a heart for these kids, because most of these children can hardly walk. I want everyone to come out, because this is going to be a record statement run ... . We are going to go out there and we are going to raise more than that Jamaican $60 million," he underlined.

Blake, along with international recording artiste Tessanne Chin, and Missionaries of the Poor founder, Father Richard Ho Lung are supporting the event as patrons in a bid to help raise the funds for the respective organisations.

Minister of Health Christopher Tufton, while lauding the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run's 19-year existence, said they had developed a following of interested persons who participated and contributed to the worthy cause.

Chairman of Sagicor Group Jamaica and Sagicor Foun-dation, R. Danny Williams, expressed gratitude to the events participants and sponsors, while Richard Byles, president and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica, challenged Jamaicans to continue throwing their support behind the event.

Meanwhile, donations can be made via pledge forms. Local donors can make cheques payable to Sagicor Foundation or Sigma Run 2016 and deposit funds at Sagicor Bank locations islandwide or to account number 5502326386.

shayne.fairman@gleanerjm.com