Monday, February 22, 2016

Record $43 million raised for 2016 Sagicor Sigma Run beneficiaries

The Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital and children with cancer across the island are now recipients of J$$43,14,738.00 million raised through the 2016 Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run which took place on Sunday, February 21 in New Kingston, Jamaica.

Ingrid Card, Vice President of Group Marketing at Sagicor explained that "Sagicor is truly grateful for the overwhelming support we received for the beneficiaries. 2016 is a record year; the largest amount raised in a single staging. We will now be able to purchase the mammography machine for the Cancer Society's mobile unit to conduct breast cancer screenings in the most rural areas of Jamaica. The Black River Hospital will also get some crucial equipment needed for its Paediatric unit and we will be able to assist with life-saving equipment and supplies for children with cancer across the island." 

Photo courtesy of Garfield Allison:

Mark Chisholm (r) Executive Vice President, Individual Life Division at Sagicor Life Jamaica joins representatives of the 2016 Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run charities: Yulit Gordon (l), Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Diana Brown Miller, CEO Black River Hospital and five year old Rusheka Goodhall - one of many children in need of cancer treatment across the island - following the presentation of a symbolic cheque of J$43,14,738.00 on Sunday, February 21 at Emancipation Park. With them is Olympian and breast cancer survivor Novelene Williams-Mills, Patron of the event.

In its 17 year history, Sigma Run has raised approximately J$166 million for child and health care facilities in Jamaica. 

Dr Michelle Reece Mills, Paediatric Oncologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies says the funds raised through the charitable event will be far reaching for children with cancer. "The funds raised will definitely have a significant impact on the care of children with cancer in 2016. This will go a far way, allowing them to stay on treatment. Also, the use of CTs and MRIs will help us to make the administration of chemo therapy less painful with chemo therapy pumps and central IV lines." 

Photo courtesy of SkyCam:
Approximately 24,000 individuals registered in support of this year's Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run charities: Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital's Paediatric Unit and children with cancer across the island. The 5k Run, Walk and Wheelchair event held on Sunday, February 21 in New Kingston raised a J$43,14,738 through donations and registration fees.

Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run maintains its rank as the largest 5k road race in the Caribbean and is one of the largest charitable movements locally. Approximately 24,000 registrants amassed just under 300 corporate, non-corporate, tertiary, high and primary school teams and individuals who signed up to Walk, Run or Wheelchair.

Scotiabank won the award for the largest corporate tea. Ricardo Nuncio of Desnoes & Geddes Foundation took the executive run award; while the corporate run male team was presented to Wilfred Wilson Urban Development Corporation with the female corporate Run team title going to Gianna Anderson of the University Of The West Indies.

About Sagicor Group Jamaica

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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