Sunday 5 April, 2020

UWI/RBC Race for the Kids Walk/Run gets new route for 2020

From Left: Dawn-Lisa Calendar, race coordinator; managing director of Royal Bank of Canada (Barbados), Robert de Silva and deputy principal of University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Professor Winston Moore.

From Left: Dawn-Lisa Calendar, race coordinator; managing director of Royal Bank of Canada (Barbados), Robert de Silva and deputy principal of University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Professor Winston Moore.

This year’s University of West Indies(UWI)/Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Race for the Kids has a new route and a 20-20 goal to see growth by 20 percent in patrons and funds raised.

The annual charity 5K walk and run scheduled for March 8, will now commence from the RBC’s Chelston Park, St Michael location. It will continue along  Culloden Road toward Upper Collymore onto Belleville, onto the Dame Nita Barrow Roundabout, to Belmont Road, continue onto Constitution Road and head towards Queens Park,  St Michael Row, left onto Charles Duncan O’Neal Bridge and south onto The Wharf Road, right onto Prince Alfred Street, right onto Broad Street, east toward High Street, right onto the Charles Duncan O’Neal Bridge continuing to Probyn Street and then southeast on Bay Street toward Jemmott's Lane. From Jemotts Lane to the roundabout onto Lower Collymore Rock Road and right onto Culloden Road and returning to finish the compound of RBC Royal Bank Chelston Park. 

Speaking at the press launch of UWI/RBC Race for the Kids this morning, Managing Director of RBC, Robert de Silva held that it was the goal of the organisers to see a spike in participation and donations this year. In 2019, 2200 individuals participated in the walk and run, and the charity received BBD $125,000 in donations. 

“Our goal, my challenge to everyone is to increase our number of participants by 20 percent to over 2600 and to raise more than BBD $150,000 which is 20 percent above last year.”

De Silva disclosed that due to last year’s donations, 16 UWI students received Cave Hill Scholarships and approximately 100 students were able to participate in the First Year Experience Programme (FYE).  

The RBC Race for the Kids holds 18 charitable runs across the globe. It focuses on youth causes and the proceeds are used to support local initiatives that help young persons reach their fullest potential. Initiatives such as the First Year Experience (FYE) programme educates students on mental health, social, career, academic development and helps to ease the transition into university life.  

“Cave Hill Student Scholarship Fund and the First Year Experience Programme [are] programs that have opened a world of possibility to our young people and ensure that our communities and history is part of the fabric of the future,” De Silva added. 

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