Sagicor’s Phoenix Walk/Run 2017 Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 October 2017 00:00

The Sagicor Walk/Run was held on September 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. The walk was a noncompetitive event to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as healthy choices in people of all ages. Participants walked from the Sagicor office on Coney Drive into Freetown, unto North Front Street, on Marine Parade, and back to Coney Drive. Throughout the route, there was entertainment from music trucks as well as water stations. Persons from BERT as well as security officers were there to ensure safety.

Participants were able to register for the walk for a fee of $25. With registration, each participant received a t-shirt. While it was a noncompetitive event, there were prizes for persons that dressed up their t-shirts the best. There were other prizes such as 2 tickets to San Pedro via Maya Island Air and juice prizes from Citrus Products of Belize Limited. Sagicor also gave medals to the first 25 persons to cross the finish line.

According to Marlene Chin, Corporate Communications Manager of Sagicor, the walk started in 2016 as a celebration of Sagicor’s 175th anniversary. In celebrating their anniversary, the company also took the opportunity to work with the Belize Kidney Association as well as the Belize Diabetes Association in accordance to their mission. This year’s walk was no different. Funds raised, a maximum of $10,000, were donated to both associations, $5,000 each, to be used toward education, preventative care, and any other ways they can be used. Persons and companies were able to make pledges and Sagicor matched those pledges up to $10,000.

In speaking with Ronald Stuart, Assistant Treasurer of the Belize Diabetes Association, the walk promotes awareness but there is not where the association’s advocacy ends. Stuart spoke about preventive care, especially as it related to non-communicable diseases. Funds raised by Sagicor and donated to the Belize Diabetes Association will be dedicated mainly toward educating persons on the disease.

Quite significantly, persons affected by diabetes are usually persons between the ages of 18 and 25, the bulk of our working population. Sagicor and the two associations take this as an indication that there is more work and more advocating to be done to make better of those statistics.