Bolt hails Sigma Corporate Run
Jamaica's sprint superstar, Usain Bolt, has expressed his delight at being named one of the patrons for this year's 20th staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, which is aiming to raise $50 million.
The Spanish Town Hospital Neonatal Unit and St Christopher's School for the Deaf, the oldest residential institution for the deaf in the English-speaking Caribbean, will benefit from this year's run. The Neonatal unit provides life-saving care for babies born ill or prematurely,
Bolt told The Gleaner that he is very happy to be a part of the meet for the second time because the Neonatal Unit at the Spanish Town Hospital is in desperate need of equipment and supplies.
HAPPY TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE
"It is always good to be a part of this event because it is for a good cause which is very close to me. My godson was born prematurely and they didn't have enough equipment here," Bolt said following yesterday's press launch, which was held at the Spanish Court hotel in New Kingston.
Bolt added that he was getting the chance to help raise money to buy equipment so that other people won't have to go through the stress that his family and himself went through.
The annual run will be held on Sunday, February 18, starting at 7:30 a.m. Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett and Patrice White, fitness coach and chief executive officer of Dynamic Lifestyle, are the other patrons of the run.
Now in its 20th year, the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run has contributed approximately $250 million to local charities and childcare facilities since its inception.
Last year, the event raised more than $50 million, to assist three beneficiaries in procuring much-needed equipment to improve the overall service and care they provided for the people they look after on a daily basis.
R. Danny Williams, chairman of the Sagicor Foundation, said that he is looking forward to a very successful staging of the event this year.
"It has truly been a remarkable journey, one that we here at Sagicor are extremely proud of, not only because of how well the event has done over many years, but even more so for what it represents for us, that of giving back to those less fortune," said Williams.
"When we started back in 1999, we could only dream and imagine the magnitude of what Sigma Corporate Run has now become. The first run had just about three finishers, now fast forward some 20 years later and we have more than 25,000 race day participants," he said.
"That is amazing and we could not have achieved this without you, our sponsors, partners, beneficiaries and each individual who continue to support Sigma Run year after year all for a great cause," Williams added.