Fifth Digicel Imagine night run for October 8

September 15, 2016
Darien Robertson/Freelance Photographer Olympic 4 x400 metre silver medallist Javon Francis (right) and Digicel's Sponsorship Manager, Danielia McLean at the Digicel Imagine 5K Launch at Emancipation Park on Wednesday, September 7.

The fifth Digicel 5K Imagine Night walk, wheelchair, run and fun takes place Saturday October 8 in the downtown Kingston starting at 7 p.m.

The event, which was launched at Emancipation Park last Wednesday evening is the only local road race run at night.

Despite some security concerns because of the stigma attached to downtown, and with the event taking place at night, Digicel Head of Public Relations, Elon Parkinson, insisted there was no cause for fear.

Parkinson promises an exciting, memorable and safe event.

"The Digicel Foundation 5K is always incident free, so we are very confident," he told STAR Sports."We've had politicians, captains of industry, diplomats, leading members of the society, everyone coming down and having a great time. Concern about security should be put away because we do a top class job to make sure everybody is safe," he added.

Parkinson said it was the people in communities in the capital which helped keep the event safe.

"They (the residents) are welcoming us to their homes and I believe it is the strongest encouragement for the run, for life in downtown Kingston and the renewal that it continues to uphold," he said.

The event, which had more than 10,000 participants last year will target 12,000 this year.

The intention is to raise more than the $8.4 million reached in 2015 for 12 special needs institutions.

Samantha Chantrelle, chief executive officer of the Digicel Foundation, says they are motivated to help people with special needs.

"It's always inspiring to see children or persons who have a lot of challenges in their lives and what they do to overcome these challenges.

The institutions set to benefit are Jamaica Autism Support Association, Jamaica Down's syndrome Foundation, Early Stimulation Plus, Jamaica Association of Intellectual Disabilities, Mustard Seed Communities, Special Olympics Jamaica, Jamaica Paralympic Association Abilities Foundation, and Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf/Deaf Can! Coffee.

-L.S.

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