ATL hosts shape-up for Sigma 5K
NEW sponsors to the Sagicor Corporate Sigma Run, Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), will be hosting a shape-up session at the Hope Botanical Gardens today.
The exercise session is set to get underway at 6:00 am and will end at 9:00 am and will be conducted by double Olympic silver medallist Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn. Contribution is $500 and all proceeds will be in aid of the Sigma charities.
The Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run is the largest 5K road race in the Caribbean. The run's mandate is to raise funds for charity. Since 1999, over $118 million raised by the 5K road race has funded much-needed equipment for several charities, including Jamaica Foundation for Cardiac Disease, Sophie's Place and Mustard Seed Communities, Bustamante Hospital for Children, UHWI Sickle Cell Unit, Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, UHWI Leukaemia C.A.R.E., National Blood Transfusion Service, UHWI Labour Ward, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, renal units of the Cornwall Regional, UHWI and Kingston Public hospitals, paediatric wards for Spanish Town, May Pen, Victoria Jubilee, Sav-la-mar, Mandeville, and Cornwall Regional hospitals, Jamaica Society for the Blind and Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Victoria Jubilee Hospital - Neo-Natal Care Unit, Chain of Hope Jamaica in support of the Cardiac Programme at Bustamante Hospital for Children, Jamaica National Children's Home, and Best Care Lodge.
Last year, 20,501 people registered to walk, run or wheelchair -- with 100 per cent of proceeds raised donated to charity. As a result, $16,026,870 was allocated between the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Jamaica National Children's Home and the Best Care Lodge.
The Sickle Cell Unit at UHWI with support for the Sickle Cell Trust in Mandeville, the Special Care Nursery at University Hospital and the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation are the beneficiaries for this year.
This year's 16th staging is set to take place next week Sunday, and will see a record breaking 22,210 individuals taking part.