DIGICEL SENDS ST. LUCIAN SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES TO THE WORLD GAMES IN ATHENS

Contact:

Gillian Power

Digicel

+1 876 4708601

gillian.power@digicelgroup.com

 

 

DIGICEL SENDS ST. LUCIAN SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES TO THE WORLD GAMES IN ATHENS

 

-       Donation of US$20,000 made on the eve of the first match of the Digicel Series 2011

 

Thursday, April 21st 2011 – Castries, St. Lucia: Digicel, St. Lucia’s Bigger, Better Network will send 18 St. Lucian Special Olympic athletes to the World Summer Games in Athens this year, with a donation of US$20,000.

 

The donation and cheque handover was made yesterday at the Beausejour Cricket ground, when members of the St. Lucia Special Olympics team came to meet the West Indies Cricket team ahead of their first match in the Digicel Series 2011, which kicks off today.

 

St. Lucia Special Olympics National Director, Junia Emmanuel Belizaire, said; “Digicel has been assisting the St. Lucia Special Olympics for some time, but this is the largest sum we’ve received in one donation. As such, I’m struggling to express what this means to us. We are simply elated that – thanks to Digicel – we can now ensure our 18 athletes will make the trip to Greece for the World Summer Games in Athens this year.

 

“The athletes have been working so hard the whole year around and this will be the first time many them will attend an international competition. It is truly a fantastic opportunity for them and for St. Lucia Special Olympics,” continued Ms. Belizaire.  

 

In addition, the West Indies also took time out from their busy training schedule to show the Special Olympians some tips and tricks with the bat and ball. One Special Olympian, Jean-Claude Paul, was delighted with the opportunity to meet his heroes and said; “I had a lot of fun with the West Indies cricketers today. They taught me how to bat and bowl and they wished me good luck.”

 

Digicel St. Lucia General Manager, Geraldine Pitt, said; “As part of our promise to give back to our communities in St. Lucia, we are thrilled to be making this donation to Special Olympics.

 

“We are also very proud to have St. Lucia’s Special Olympians meet with their West Indies cricketing heroes and we wish both teams the very best in their respective fields this year.”

 

The 18 Special Olympics athletes will participate in the World Summer Games in Athens this June across three categories as follows: football; bocce and athletics. 

 

The Digicel Series kicks off today when the Windies take on powerhouse, Pakistan, in the first Digicel Twenty20 today at the Beausejour Cricket ground in St. Lucia.

 

ENDS

 

ABOUT THE DIGICEL SERIES 2011

The Digicel Series 2011 kicks off on Thursday April 21st when the West Indies Cricket team take on Pakistan in the Beausejour Cricket Grounds in St. Lucia. The Pakistan tour will then visit Barbados and Guyana before finishing up in Dominica on May 24th.

 

The West Indies v India tour begins on June 4th in Trinidad & Tobago’s Queen’s Park Royal. The teams will then play in Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica and Barbados before finishing in Dominica on July 10th.

 

The Digicel Series will be supported by three major promotions: “Cricket’s Biggest Fan”; “Cricket Trivia Chest” and “All In” - all of which will be engaging fans through radio, online and at matches to giveaway fantastic prizes.

 

Digicel’s dedicated cricket website www.digicelcricket.com will also feature lots of exclusive content, updates and interactions. For example, the new “Predictor Game” gives fans a chance to guess the outcome of all the matches – so that they can get the most out of the cricket action. 

 

Also in support of the Series, Digicel launched its new cricket campaign, “WI all in” – a full, through the line campaign which puts cricket fans at the centre of the action – making them the heroes of the game. West Indies cricket fans will see the ad on TV, in press and in outdoor executions – as well as a version cut for radio.

 

ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP 

After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11.5 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

 

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.

 

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

 

In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars – an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.

 

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

 

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.



--> April 21st 2011 - DIGICEL SENDS ST. LUCIAN SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES TO THE WORLD GAMES IN ATHENS

Contact:

Gillian Power

Digicel

+1 876 4708601

gillian.power@digicelgroup.com

 

 

DIGICEL SENDS ST. LUCIAN SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES TO THE WORLD GAMES IN ATHENS

 

-       Donation of US$20,000 made on the eve of the first match of the Digicel Series 2011

 

Thursday, April 21st 2011 – Castries, St. Lucia: Digicel, St. Lucia’s Bigger, Better Network will send 18 St. Lucian Special Olympic athletes to the World Summer Games in Athens this year, with a donation of US$20,000.

 

The donation and cheque handover was made yesterday at the Beausejour Cricket ground, when members of the St. Lucia Special Olympics team came to meet the West Indies Cricket team ahead of their first match in the Digicel Series 2011, which kicks off today.

 

St. Lucia Special Olympics National Director, Junia Emmanuel Belizaire, said; “Digicel has been assisting the St. Lucia Special Olympics for some time, but this is the largest sum we’ve received in one donation. As such, I’m struggling to express what this means to us. We are simply elated that – thanks to Digicel – we can now ensure our 18 athletes will make the trip to Greece for the World Summer Games in Athens this year.

 

“The athletes have been working so hard the whole year around and this will be the first time many them will attend an international competition. It is truly a fantastic opportunity for them and for St. Lucia Special Olympics,” continued Ms. Belizaire.  

 

In addition, the West Indies also took time out from their busy training schedule to show the Special Olympians some tips and tricks with the bat and ball. One Special Olympian, Jean-Claude Paul, was delighted with the opportunity to meet his heroes and said; “I had a lot of fun with the West Indies cricketers today. They taught me how to bat and bowl and they wished me good luck.”

 

Digicel St. Lucia General Manager, Geraldine Pitt, said; “As part of our promise to give back to our communities in St. Lucia, we are thrilled to be making this donation to Special Olympics.

 

“We are also very proud to have St. Lucia’s Special Olympians meet with their West Indies cricketing heroes and we wish both teams the very best in their respective fields this year.”

 

The 18 Special Olympics athletes will participate in the World Summer Games in Athens this June across three categories as follows: football; bocce and athletics. 

 

The Digicel Series kicks off today when the Windies take on powerhouse, Pakistan, in the first Digicel Twenty20 today at the Beausejour Cricket ground in St. Lucia.

 

ENDS

 

ABOUT THE DIGICEL SERIES 2011

The Digicel Series 2011 kicks off on Thursday April 21st when the West Indies Cricket team take on Pakistan in the Beausejour Cricket Grounds in St. Lucia. The Pakistan tour will then visit Barbados and Guyana before finishing up in Dominica on May 24th.

 

The West Indies v India tour begins on June 4th in Trinidad & Tobago’s Queen’s Park Royal. The teams will then play in Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica and Barbados before finishing in Dominica on July 10th.

 

The Digicel Series will be supported by three major promotions: “Cricket’s Biggest Fan”; “Cricket Trivia Chest” and “All In” - all of which will be engaging fans through radio, online and at matches to giveaway fantastic prizes.

 

Digicel’s dedicated cricket website www.digicelcricket.com will also feature lots of exclusive content, updates and interactions. For example, the new “Predictor Game” gives fans a chance to guess the outcome of all the matches – so that they can get the most out of the cricket action. 

 

Also in support of the Series, Digicel launched its new cricket campaign, “WI all in” – a full, through the line campaign which puts cricket fans at the centre of the action – making them the heroes of the game. West Indies cricket fans will see the ad on TV, in press and in outdoor executions – as well as a version cut for radio.

 

ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP 

After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11.5 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

 

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.

 

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

 

In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars – an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.

 

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

 

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.