The Digicel Foundation 5K Night Walk/Run, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, will take place in downtown Kingston tonight.
More than a thousand runners, including several from the corporate and public sector, are down for the event.
Millicent Lynch of Dynamic Event Services, one of the organisers, shared that her company is pleased to partner with Digicel for its inaugural 5K Walk/Run Race.
"The race is designed to build awareness and raise funds for the special-needs community, so when Digicel asked us to join with them for this worthy cause we could not say no," she said.
The race is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with three dynamic starters: Paralympian Tanto Campbell; dancehall artiste Tifa and Special Olympian Esther Pair. Chip-timed by Mylaps Bib Tag system, the race is estimated to last approximately 45 minutes with an award ceremony and concert immediately after.
"The support we have been getting from people is truly inspiring," commented Samantha Chantrelle, executive director of the Digicel Foundation. "It makes all the hard work that has gone into this event more than worth it."
All proceeds from the event will go to support the continued growth and development of eight of Jamaica's special-needs schools and associations - the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Jamaica Society for the Blind, Jamaica Autism Support Association, Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities, the STEP Centre (School for Therapy Education and Parenting of children with multiple disabilities), NAZ Children's Centre (Montego Bay), Randolph Lopez School of Hope, and the Mustard Seed Communities.