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Sigma Run targets $55 million this year - Three charities identified for 2020 staging

Published:Thursday | January 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Christopher Zacca (left), president and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica, Dr R Danny Williams, (centre) chairman of Sagicor Foundation; and Peter Melhado, (left) chairman of Sagicor Group Jamaica, share a light moment with patrons Ian ‘Ity’ Ellis (second right) and Shani McGraham-Shirley at the Sigma Run launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday.

R. Danny Williams, chairman of the Sagicor Foundation, said this year’s staging of the Sigma Corporate Run will be the biggest and most exciting since its inception 22 years ago.The event, set for February 16, will this year be seeking funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital and Clifton Boys Home.

Williams said his organisation will be seeking to raise $55 million, while noting that he is expecting a record turnout at this year’s event.“I think we have developed a reputation over the years and when you have been at it for 20 (plus) years successfully, it gathers its own momentum, and so there is absolutely no reason why it can’t be the best ever,” said Williams during yesterday launch, which was held at the Spanish Court hotel in Kingston.“I think we will get at least 30,000 people, because more and more people every year joined the run. They have watched it on the TV and so on, and so they will be coming to participate in the event,” he said. “Last year, we received $52 million, and so this year we are hoping for $55 million because we try and step it up a little every year.”

Comedian Ian ‘Ity’ Ellis and special educator Shani McGraham-Shirley are this year’s patrons of the event.

Williams underlined that both individuals are worthy of the recognition, while stating that the money raised from the event will greatly assist all three organisations selected to benefit.“The patrons are two well-known Jamaicans, who are regarded as people who love Jamaica and who want to see the facilities improved and so we have specially chosen them as a result of this,” Williams said.“This year, we have three worthy institutions that need our help as we seek to raise over $50 million to support their needs,” Williams pointed out. “With these funds we hope to raise, we will procure much-needed medical equipment for the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the Savanna-la-mar Hospital and the Clifton Boys’ Home rebuilding efforts.”The registration for the event, which opened on December 9, is scheduled to close on Friday, January 31.

Since its inception in 1999, the event has raised over $400 million, which has benefited over 30 health and child-related institutions.