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February 10, 2014
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Digicel Foundation disburses proceeds of 5K Run/Walk

Judine Hunter (right), programme manager for special needs at Digicel Foundation, presents Kathy Chang, co-founder of the Jamaica Autism Support Association, with a cheque from the proceeds of the 2013 Digicel Foundation 5K Night Run/Walk. Sharing in the moment is Roger Lyn, marketing manager at Rainforest Seafoods. - Contributed

The Digicel Foundation hit the road recently with sponsors of the 5K Night Run/Walk to disburse the proceeds of last year's event.

Last October, more than 7,000 persons came out to 'shine their light' for members of the special- needs community at the second staging of the event.

Eleven special-needs schools and associations were the recipients of the proceeds totalling $7.4 million. These are Early Stimulation Plus, Genesis Academy, the STEP Centre, Mustard Seed Communities, Liberty Academy, the Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities, Jamaica Autism Support Association, Jamaica Association for the Blind, Jamaica Association for the Deaf, NAZ Children's Centre, and the Jamaica Downs Syndrome Foundation (JDSF).

This year is Digicel Foundation's 10th anniversary and the team is in high gear preparing for the 2014 Digicel Foundation 5K Night Run/Walk with the hope of garnering even more support than last year.

"Last year's event was a wonderful success and we could not have done it without the dedication of our valued partners and the support we received from over 7,000 members of the public," said Judine Hunter, special needs programme manager at Digicel Foundation. "It is because of our partners and the event's supporters that we have this funding to disburse to eleven special-needs schools and organisations. It is so heart-warming to see a underserved community receiving this amount of recognition and support."

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