BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – The third RBC Race for the Kids, in collaboration with The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, raised an impressive $125 000.
The funds will be directed to youth education and youth mental health to support young qualified students in Barbados.
The RBC Race for the Kids is a series of 17 charitable runs held in cities all over the world, benefitting kids and youth cases.
The UWI Cave Hill Campus and RBC joined forces for the first time in 2017 to launch one of RBC’s global signature community-focused charity events in Barbados. It has been growing over the years and 2 200 participants ran or walked a 6K course on March 10 and helped raise money to support the Bajan students.
Last week, the final results of the Race were announced as the cheque was presented to Professor Eudine Barriteau, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Cave Hill, at the official closing ceremony. The cheque was handed over by Robert de Silva, Managing Director of RBC Barbados.
All funds raised will be directed to The UWI First Year Experience Programme and the Cave Hill Campus Student Scholarship Fund to support 16 qualified students.
Both partners were extremely pleased to see the signature charity event growing in strength and success since the event was first launched in Barbados.
De Silva said: “We all know how important education is in shaping the future for our youth and in building our leaders of the future. The RBC Race for the Kids is a true partnership between The UWI, RBC, working together towards one common goal: supporting the Bajan youth and through them the future development of Barbados.”
He continued: “RBC has a long legacy of supporting children and youth causes worldwide. It is our purpose to help our clients thrive and our communities prosper. We give meaning to our purpose by supporting initiatives that help children and youth in our communities realise their potential and improve their well-being. RBC Race for the Kids is one of those initiatives. This cheque presentation and continued commitment to organize a 2020 Race further reinforces our continued investment in youth.”
“The UWI Cave Hill campus is very pleased about our partnership with RBC in this event. What we especially like about this UWI-corporate engagement is that the collaboration is really building social cohesion and building social capital,” said Professor Barriteau. “It provides foundational assistance for our students who, upon graduation, not only become prospective RBC employees and future clients of the bank, but most importantly productive, engaged citizens.”
“We look forward eagerly to next year’s edition of the UWI/RBC Race for the Kids. We know that the Barbados government has branded the year Vision 2020 – We Gatherin’ so RBC and UWI will gather once more and do more for the young people of Barbados and the region,” added Barriteau. “We anticipate reaching our new goals and look forward to this race growing from strength to become a signature event, not only on our institutional calendars, but on the regional calendar as well.”
The fourth edition of the Barbados RBC Race for the Kids is scheduled to take place in March 2020. (PR/SAT)