After successfully organizing the Race for Challenor in 2012, the Rotaract Club of South Barbados (RCSB) with the encouragement of radio personality, Alex Jordan and avid runner Ralf Luther, held their second race for charity event on July 23rd, dubbed ‘The Race to END Domestic Violence.’ The 5 km road run/walk through Bridgetown aimed to support the efforts of Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados’s (BPW) Shelter in Barbados in providing emergency temporary housing to victims of domestic violence, and rally support for end to gender-based violence in Barbados.
Outgoing President of the Rotaract Club of South Barbados, Ms. Erica Hall highlighted that the shelter was chosen by the Rotaract club this year in acknowledgment of the recent highlighted occurrences and the ever present danger of domestic violence against women in our society. She expressed thanks to entertainment personalities Alex Jordan and Salt for their continuous support of the club’s initiatives, and to TC and Mikey for their tremendous support in the promotion of the cause.
“This event could not have been successful without the generous support of all involved. RCSB wishes to recognise the support of Scotiabank who gladly came on board as our Gold sponsor, SLAM 101.1 FM, Nation Publishing, Sol Barbados and Chefette Restaurants; our silver sponsors, and donations from Hash House Harriers, Fednav, Deloitte and Touche, B & B Distribution and Wibisco Company Ltd. A special thanks to Ralf Luther and Eric Clarke of Ufuzuko Road Racing Club who were instrumental in the logistics of the road race, the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) and the Bureau of Gender Affairs for their support.” she added.
Alex Jordan commented “I felt strongly about the cause this year, because our country has been recently devastated by some very public murders…it just must stop. All of us as one society must say that it is not something that we tolerate. So the BPW Shelter is providing a great sanctuary for women and girls. Every human being deserves to live a life free of violence.”
The Rotaract club and BPW Barbados were heartened by the support rallied to eliminate violence against women and girls by the Barbados public and visitors. The road run/walk raised over $10, 000.00 part of which will be donated to assist BPW Barbados’ programs at their Shelter/ Safe House.
- 1st Male Runner – Mark Greenidge -17.28 (min.sec)
- 1st Female Runner – Carlie Pipe – 20.05
- 1st Male Walker – Rodney Blackman – 29.25
- 1st Female Walker – Favienne Burnett- 34.04
- Eldest Male Runner – Eric Clarke – Ufuzuko – 66 years old – 23.40
- Eldest Female Runner – June Rudder – 62 years old – 39.05
- Two Youngest Runners:
- Kiapo Marshall – 7 years old – 22.24
- Shakiel Anderson – 7 years old – 25.34
- Largest Team – Barbados Hash House Harriers with over 20 participants
President of BPW Barbados Marrianne Burnham expressed her sincere gratitude to Rotaract South for considering the BPW Safe House and Crisis Centre project as a beneficiary of this year’s race. “The goal of raising awareness about gender-based violence in Barbados and the BPW Project was achieved. In addition to the donations raised by the race, we received several additional calls, expressions of interest and miscellaneous contributions from members of the public who learned about us through the Rotaract club’s initiative. We look forward to partnering with Rotaract South in the future and we encourage such useful and productive NGO partnerships.”
President Hall stated “In keeping with RCSB’s commitment to providing opportunities for the general public to be part of our drive for change, our club will seek to host annual races which advocate the needs and provide support for vulnerable groups in our society.”