JKKF, CRH express gratitude for life-saving Sagicor Sigma Run
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
Corporate donations will help save children's lives and make a difference in the society, was the overarching theme expressed by beneficiaries, the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation (JKKF) and the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), who will again profit from this year's Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run.
The revelation was made at yesterday's press launch at The Knutsford Court Hotel, for the upcoming all inclusive 5.5km walk/run and wheelchair road race set for February 22 in the business hub of New Kingston.
Dr Mayolynne Miller, JKKF founder and chairman, described the continued support as a life-saving gesture.
"It was amazing. It paid for all the dialysis supplies used by the children last year," said the paediatrician.
"Now, children outside King-ston will be able to receive dialysis treatment as we hope to get a new machine for Montego Bay and assist those children who would have to journey to Kingston three times weekly," she added.
Obviously a cause for concern, where growing numbers of children develop chronic kidney failure annually, Dr Miller's non-profit organisation will be enabled to save more lives.
"It (Sagicor Sigma's 5K contribution) will help save lives, as the University Hospital of the West Indies cannot afford to pay for all the dialysis treatment," she underscored.
Cornwall Regional's consultant paediatrician, Dr Rebecca Thomas, noted that the Neonatal Unit is grateful.
"It will help to reduce deaths in neonates (premature newborn). We will be better able to cater to one life at a time and better help babies survive," she explained, adding that with Sagicor/Sigma's assistance - neonates in Montego Bay would not have to be transferred to Kingston for treatment.
Event organisers Sagicor are hoping their corporate run will be one of the most life touching charity events this year.
This year marks the 17th renewal and Sagicor's president and CEO, Richards Byles, considers the initiative "dear" to his team.
"Sagicor is near and dear to this event, it has been in our group for 10 years," he pointed out.
"We expect about 25,000 people to contribute $25 million to the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
"It will be a wonderful Sunday morning event for people from all walks of life, and our event will make it possible to help save lives," Byles told The Gleaner.
Patrons for the event include World champion swimmer Alia Atkinson and recording artiste Omar 'Tarrus' Riley. It is being organised by Alfred 'Franno' Francis' and his Running Events Limited.