Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Crowdfunding, a vital asset for Sagicor Sigma Run charities

Sagicor Sigma Coprorate Run has introduced a new way to help raise funds for its 2015 charities Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and Cornwall Regional Hospital’s Neonatal Unit. In its 17 year history, the 5.5 kilometre road race has inspired individuals and groups to make donations in addition to the registering for the run to further accumulate funds for its charities.  For the first time this year persons can donate to the 2015 Sigma Run charities via crowd funding;  a method used to raise money for projects or ventures from a large number of people donating small amounts of money, typically via the internet.

Ingrid Card, Vice President of Group Marketing at Sagicor states that. “Jamaicans living at home have given our charities tremendous support through the years, and we are relying on their support for 2015 and beyond. However, Crowdfunding has expanded opportunities for Sigma Run to open an avenue for Jamaicans living all across the world to lend assistance to our child based charities.”

Currently, pledges can be made to Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run using http://pitchandchoose.com/projects/2015-sagicor-sigma-corporate-run/ . Local donors may make JMD cheques payable to Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run 2015 and deposit at any Sagicor Bank office island wide.
Tarrus Riley, Patron of the 2015 Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run is all smiles for a photo with Jamaica Kidney for Kids’ outpatients David, eight years; Noketha, eight years and Shaquille, 11 years at the launch of the 2015 road race held on Wednesday, January 14 at Knutsford Court Hotel. Sagicor hopes to raise $25M for 2015 charities Jamaica Kidney for Kids Foundation and Cornwall Regional Hospital’s Neonatal Unit. 
Cornwall Regional Hospital’s Neonatal Unit provides well needed care for babies born ill or prematurely, is in dire need of assistance to purchase equipment for it to return to a functional state. Meanwhile, Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation needs further assistance for peritoneal dialysis treatment for children with mild to severe kidney disorders.

Last year, the Run raised more than $21M with a record number of over 22,000 participants more than any other 5K road race in the Caribbean and per capita world-wide.

Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run takes place this year on Sunday, February 22, with a target of $25M. To date, approximately $146M has been raised for a myriad of child care and health related facilities. Funds raised, are used to purchase well needed equipment and services for the long term maintenance of institution. Registration closes on Friday, February 6, while outlets for donations will remain open until March 2015.

Sagicor Group Jamaica is a financial services conglomerate.  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. The Sagicor Group owns the 3rd largest bank in Jamaica and one of the top Investments Company.   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.

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