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Going the extra mile

Sponsors and students who are the finalists in the T-shirt competition.

Sponsors and students who are the finalists in the T-shirt competition.

After many years of contributing to the effort, Chefette Restaurants has decided to go the extra mile to become the title sponsor of the Fun Run.

This was announced at yesterday’s launch, held at the company’s corporate offices in Wildey, St. Michael.

In the past, the event was organised by Ship Inn, which closed its doors in 2011.

“We at Chefette Restaurants are also happy to work with Variety The Children’s Charity who are in charge of the disbursement of the funds. The Chefette brand is well known for its corporate social responsibility programmes in always supporting the various communities.

“Again we are thankful for the opportunity to be the title sponsor of this great event,” said Chefette Restaurants’ Managing Director Ryan Haloute.

This year, the event will be held on May 19, 2013, beginning at Chefette Rockley at 2 p.m.

Started in 1989, the Fun Run has been able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities across the island, including the Soroptomist Senior Citizen’s Village and the Challenor School as well as assisting the Auntie Olga’s Needy Children’s Fund. The late Dame Olga “Auntie Olga” Lopes-Seale began the charity in 1969 as a way to help poor children in Barbados and continued her work up until her death on February 4, 2011.

“We are honoured to be associated with this fantastic community event since it gives us a golden opportunity to continue the legacy of the late Dame Olga, who was affectionately known to us all as Aunty Olga,” the fast food chain’s managing director noted.

“Going forward, our main goal is to raise the necessary funds, that will allow us to make meaningful donations to the Aunty Olga Needed Children’s Fund, and which will benefit some 200 plus kids. Monies donated to the fund will be used to purchase back-to-school supplies, and other essential items for those needed children.”

In addition, nine-year-old Zoey Thornton’s creation was revealed as this year’s winning T-shirt design. (LW)

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