Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter
With the second staging of the Digicel Foundation 5K Night Run/Walk fast approaching, organisers of the competition are paying particular attention to security detail in light of the outbreak of sporadic violence in the downtown Kingston area, in recent weeks.
"Yes, there is some concern," Judine Hunter programme Manager for special needs at the Digicel Foundation told The Gleaner on Tuesday.
"However, we have been having our weekly meetings, in a bid to address any such concerns, with bodies like the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force), UDC (Urban Development Corporation), among others. We are determined to ensure that everyone has a safe and injury-free night."
The Digicel Foundation once again intends to raise funds to support several special-needs schools and institutions across the island. The telecommunications body is hopeful of adding to the $100m raised so far by the Foundation's special-needs sector. Despite the event being still a little over a month away, Hunter says the feedback has been overwhelming so far.
"Since the launch, we have been flooded with feedback from entities wanting to be involved. We already have several corporate clients signed up," Hunter said.
"I think we could be on course to do even better than last year's staging."
Five thousand registered participants took part in last year's event.
This year's staging will, as usual, have a strong entertainment component following the event, but the participation of several artistes expected to perform has yet to be confirmed.
Hunter also revealed that another feature to be added to the event will see some of the city's historical monuments highlighted along the route.
"We have added a special feature this year, which will see certain historical sites identified along the route. In a sense, we hope to bring the downtown Kingston area alive," said Hunter.
The race will take place on Saturday, October 26, beginning on Ocean Boulevard, at Digicel headquarters, at 7 p.m.
Institutions expected to benefit from this year's events are NAZ Children's Centre, the STEP Centre, Mustard Seed Communities, Liberty Academy, Early Stimulation Plus, the Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities, Jamaica Autism Support Association, Jamaica Association for the Blind, Jamaica Association for the Deaf and the Jamaica Down's Syndrome Foundation.