Monday, February 17, 2014

Sagicor surpasses target of $17M for Sigma Run beneficiaries

Sagicor Group Jamaica, organisers of the annual Sigma Corporate Run, surpassed its monetary target yet again when a total of $21,679,075 Jamaican dollars was presented to the 2014 charities during a symbolic cheque handover at the 16th staging on Sunday.

Representatives of the charities; Dr Jennifer Knight-Madden of The Sickle Cell Unit TMRI at the University of the West Indies and the Sickle Cell Trust in Mandeville; Dr Minerva Thame of The Special Care Nursery at the University Hospital of the West Indies and Dr Maolynne Miller of Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and Professor Graham Serjeant of the Sickle Cell Trust; were all there for the symbolic presentation. 

(l-r) Richard Byles, President & CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited; Donovan Perkins, President & CEO of Sagicor Investments; Patrons of the 2014 Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, the Honourable Lady Patricia Allen and songstress Tessanne Chin. In the background is dancehall artiste Agent Sasco, aka Assassin at the start line of the annual charity event on Sunday, which raised over $21M with the support of over 22,000 Jamaican who registered to walk, run and wheel chair for charity.

Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run also saw the largest amount of registrants in its 16 year history, with 22,367 individuals enrolling in accordance with its 'Save Our Children, Save Our Future' 2014 tagline. 

Ingrid Card, Assistant Vice President of Sagicor's Group Marketing said "the support from Jamaicans was overwhelming. We want to thank every single person that registered, donated and volunteered to make a difference.  Without the 22,367 participants the Sigma Run would not what it is.  Sigma Run shows that when we come together we can do anything. 

The 5.5k walk, run and wheel chair road race was the massive support from volunteers, sponsors and corporate Jamaica. Scotiabank won the award for the largest corporate team, comprising of 548 participants while the corporate run male team was presented to Kingston Bookshop Limited; with the female corporate Run team title going to  National Commercial Bank. 

Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run is the largest road race in the Caribbean. 

Sagicor Group Jamaica is a financial services conglomerate with business in Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica. The Group offers products and services in the areas of Banking, Insurance, Investments, Real Estate, Asset Management and Retirement Planning. Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited is the leading Life and Health insurance provider in Jamaica. The Company commenced operations in 1970 as Life of Jamaica Limited, the first locally owned life insurance company and the first life insurance company to be listed on the JSE.  Sagicor Group Jamaica is a member of the wider Sagicor Financial Corporation.  Sagicor Financial Corporation operates in over 20 countries and its operations date back to 1840.

Listen to interviews with organisers, beneficiaries and participants here: 

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