Antigua’s streets will come alive from Wednesday, October 11, to Saturday, October 14, as the Sandals Foundation hosts its first-ever charity run.
The event aims to raise £100,000 to bolster pediatric healthcare services provided by the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre and SickKids Caribbean Initiative. Participants can choose from three levels of involvement: a 4-day Ultra Marathon 100KM Run, a 21Km Half Marathon Run, or a 10Km walk, all taking place on Saturday, October 14.
Matthew Cornall, General Manager at Sandals Grande Antigua, explained that the event aims to improve the island’s capacity to provide medical attention to premature babies and children with cancer and blood disorders.
Proceeds from the run will go towards buying two much-needed pieces of medical equipment: a jaundice screening machine and a handheld blood analyzer that provides lab-quality diagnostic results in minutes.
The funds raised will also be donated to SickKids Caribbean Initiative endowment fund, ensuring the continued sustainability of the initiative.
Dr. Shivon Belle-Jarvis, Chair of the Pediatric Department, expressed gratitude for the support, which will benefit countless families.
Organizations such as the Sandals Foundation recognize the importance of the early years and the impact that donations can have on future generations. The chance of a healthy life for a child is the greatest gift a family can receive.