Barbadian deejays with “Race for Challenor” raise over Bds $14,000!
Recently in the centre of Barbados, running enthusiasts converged at the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre in Canefield St. Thomas for the charity race event dubbed, “The Race for Challenor,” as radio show host Alex Jordan, of the Alex Jordan Morning Show challenged, Entertainer and radio show host, Kirk Brown, to a 5 mile race.
The event which was organised to raise money for the Challenor Creative Arts & Training Centre to purchase specialised technology for use in the classroom, attracted runners, walkers and support from the island and raised in excess of Bds $14,000.00 for the school.
During the event, members of the public were able to learn more about the creative arts and training centre, as they were given an opportunity to tour the facilities and learn more about its work, from the school’s Liaison Officer, Ms. Nicole Worrell.
In her address to participants, Ms Worrell noted the Challenor Centre was the only one of its kind in Barbados which catered to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities from the mild to profoundly disabled.
“We at the Centre are overwhelmed by the support and participation for this charity run and we would like to assure you that the funds raised would benefit our unique and gifted population to which we cater.”
The idea of the charity race was conceptualised by two radio personalities of the SLAM 101.1FM’s morning show, The Alex Jordan Morning Show, Alex Jordan and Patrick “Salt” Bellamy, who heard of the closure of the school through one of their avid listeners on the morning show. This charity evolved into a friendly race and was organised in partnership with a voluntary community service organisation, The Rotaract Club of South Barbados; the youth arm of the Rotary Club of Barbados South.
“We’ve been trying to plan this for a year and a half, but it would not have come together if not for Corporate Barbados, who were overwhelming in their support. Furthermore The Rotaract Club of South Barbados were supremely professional and worked tirelessly to make this happen I am proud to have been part of this effort and contributing towards the quality of life of children, for whom life is most difficult, ” remarked Alex Jordan of the popular radio station and winner of the ‘Race for Challenor’.
Sponsors of the event were: SLAM 101.1 FM, Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank and Trust (Barbados) Ltd, Bank of Nova Scotia, LIME, Nation Publishing Co Ltd, SOL (Barbados) Ltd, Consumers Guaranteed Insurance (CGI), Dream Solutions, Fortress Fund Managers, Chefette Restaurants Ltd, Barbados Hash House Harriers, Electronics on Edge, Banks Holdings Ltd, FEDNAV International and Priva Night Club.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm for this charity event and we look forward to working on similar activities in the future”, said, Ms. Erica Hall, President of the Rotaract Club of South Barbados.