Popular artistes headline 'Sigma Corporate Run' concert
Jamaican artistes Admiral Bailey, Wayne Marshall, Ken Boothe, and Digicel Rising star Latty J ignited the PanCaribbean Sigma Corporate Run Awards ceremony yesterday morning.
After a record run with over 16,000 registered participants and the overall run winner crossing the finish line in 14 minutes and 49 seconds, participants gathered in Emancipation Park for the awards ceremony.
The range of artistes in the line-up, from Ken Boothe to Latty J, loosely represented 50 years of Jamaican music in recognition of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence.
Internationally acclaimed reggae artiste Ken Boothe brought his signature smooth reggae, rocksteady style to serenade participants of the run. He smoothly delivered hits like Everything I Own, Puppet On A String and When I Fall in Love, among others.
Admiral Bailey, who has long dominated the dancehall and soca stage, shook up the crowd with monster hits like Della Move, Ole Time Sumtin' and One Scotch.
Wayne Marshall, who is no stranger to helping the Bustamante Hospital for Children, electrified the crowd along with Donovan Perkins, president and CEO of Pan Caribbean Financial Service, Dr The Hon Usain Bolt, and MC Jenny Jenny 'swaggin' to his monster hit with the same name.
Perkins was moved by the response to the company's call for assistance. "We are pleased with the support thus far. Whilst we are not yet at our target, the mandate is now to garner the additional funds for this essential programme spearheaded by the Chain of Hope Jamaica," he said.
Media personalities, sports figures, entertainers, among others joined Corporate Jamaica teams for the annual PanCaribbean Sigma Corporate Run, the largest road race in the Caribbean.
Under the theme 'Play your part, Save a heart', the charity event sought to raise $50 million for Chain of Hope Jamaica in support of the cardiac programme at the Bustamante Hospital for Children.
In addition to the diverse line-up for the concert, the event featured pre-race entertainment. The organisers paired the vivacious comedian Elva with dancer and media personality Tippa to lead out in the warm-up aerobics routine at the start line. The warm-up session at Emancipation Park was in the capable hands of Jamfit's Karelle Jones and the vibrant and energetic radio personality Jenny Jenny. Delando Colley, 2011 Digicel Rising Star contestant, flawlessly performed the National Anthem to commence the race.
Participants were treated to rousing performances from L'Acadco stilt walkers, St Patrick's Marching Band and the energetic Silver Bird Steel Orchestra.
Dean Barnett, managing director of Silver Bird Steel Orchestra with a team of 12 performing, reiterated his commitment to the event. He explained, "We are here each year because I have kids and I am very familiar with the cause. The team really wanted to give support, however possible, and we made sure we were here today."
Over 16,000 registered runners, walkers and wheelchair participants occupied the streets of Kingston in solidarity with the cause, while organisations and individuals continue to make monetary donations.