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August 18, 2014
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Digicel seeks 10,000 volunteers for special-needs project

Jadane Martin, special needs student at Early Stimulation Plus has the full attention of Digicel Brand Ambassador Ms Kitty (centre), at the launch of the Digicel Foundation 5k Run/Walk.Looking on are Judine Hunter (left), special needs programme manager, Digicel Foundation and Kino Johnson, Producer, Sportsmax. - Contributed

The Digicel Foundation is seeking 10,000 extraordinary persons to join them in ensuring thatJamaicans with special needs are able to reach their full potential.

The announcement was made at the launch event of the third annual staging of the 5K Run/Walk for Special Needs last Wednesday at the Digicel headquarters in downtown, Kingston.

The event included a race route excursion hosted by Digicel Brand Ambassador Miss Kitty and Running Events' Alfred 'Frano' Francis. The 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, October 11, commencing at the Digicel headquarters at 7 p.m. with warm-up starting at 6 p.m. Registration for the race is now open and can be completed online at www.runningeventsja.com or via the Digicel Foundation 5K mobile app, which is now available in Google Play store.

The first-ever 5K app launched in Jamaica will allow participants to register at a discounted cost of J$1000. Participants who register on or before August 31, 2014 via the website will also be afforded the special rate of J$1000. Registration will close on September 12, 2014 or as soon as the maximum capacity is reached.

Funds raised through this year's event will be distributed through our 'Showcase Your SUPERabilities' programme, geared towards providing scholarships to students with special needs.

Over the past few years, the Digicel Foundation has placed special focus on working with and supporting special-needs projects, including a grant of J$29 million to the STEP Centre to construct a new school and a grant of J$31 million to the NAZ Children's Centre in Montego Bay for the same purpose. As a part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, the Foundation has embarked on building 10 centres of excellence by 2016 in an effort to further increase the capacity of special-needs schools in Jamaica.

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