Kingston, Jamaica (PRWEB) February 24, 2011
The Victoria Jubilee Hospital Neo Natal Unit will benefit from $15,235,108.23 raised by the organisers of PanCaribbean’s Sigma Corporate Run held on Sunday February 20, in Kingston. The funds will be used to purchase much needed equipment for improved health care for newborns. With almost 15,000 participants registered, the 5k Wheel Chair, Runners and Walkers race began on Knutsford Boulevard at 7:30am and culminated on Oxford Road.
The numbers marked an increase of 32 percent compared to 2010 where 11,185 walkers, runners and persons in wheelchairs registered. The Victoria Jubilee Hospital Neo Natal Unit is a ward with a capacity of 34 beds that provides health care for infants born prematurely.
An overjoyed Rudolf Stevens, Chief Medical Officer at Victoria Jubilee spoke about the gesture. “I cannot explain in words the joy I am feeling this morning; with this kind donation from all the corporate companies especially PanCaribbean, we are able to carry out our programme so that we can become a first world and first class health care facility in Jamaica,” he said.
Dr. Stevens added that the money will go towards purchasing critical medical equipment for respiratory care as well as maximization of the labour ward. “The funding will assist us in getting to our ultimate millennium development goal which is to reduce maternal mortality in Jamaica by 2015.”
President & CEO of Pan Caribbean Financial Services, Donovan Perkins was also elated at the increased turn out. “When you set ambitious goals for a good cause people will support it and that was evident today, we at PanCaribbean cannot take all the credit, some must go to the over 100 corporate companies that supported the venture.”
Pan Caribbean Deputy CEO Philip Armstrong also shared the sentiment. He explained that “today’s success represents everything good in Jamaica, this goes to show that if we all come together for a good cause beautiful things can happen.”
The National Health Fund (NHF) has also played a key role in the success of the Sigma Corporate Run and CEO Hugh Lawson spoke candidly about the 2011 edition. “Every year the event gets bigger and better and we decided to give $3.5 million to the cause this year; as Pan Caribbean has always walked the walk and talked the talk so we want to make sure we make a meaningful contribution to healthy lifestyle and healthy living so you know that is what the NHF is all about,” he said.
Last year’s run saw over 11, 000 participants from corporate teams, groups and individuals raising funds for Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, the Jamaica Association for the Deaf and Jamaica Society for the Blind.
For further information, please contact Carlette DeLeon at 876.9294048