$10,000 raised fight against gender-based violence

Mikey with the BPW

Over $10,000 was raised on Sunday through the Rotaract South team’s efforts to bring awareness to gender-based violence in Barbados.

The Race for Charity, early Sunday morning not only attracted runners and walkers, but a number of local celebrities like Mikey, TC, as well as DJs Salt and Alex Jordan to the cause, which was also in aid of the BPW (Barbados) safe house and crisis centre projects.

President of BPW Barbados, Marrianne Burnham, said they thought the event was a success and were honoured that the organisations domestic violence related programmes were chosen as beneficiaries this year.

“We were heartened by the effort of the Rotaract South Team and the public turn out at the event with over 220 persons who came out in the their purple and orange shirts to support the cause. BPW Barbados is happy that the goal of raising awareness of Gender Based Violence in Barbados was achieved for this purpose.

Alex Jordan and Salt
Alex Jordan and Salt

“Some race participants also donated children’s books, toiletries and food items to the safe house. The race overall raised over $10,000, part proceeds of which go toward the safe house/crisis centre for programmes that assist women and children victims of Gender Based Violence,” said Burnham.

The organisation’s programmes include psycho-social interventions, education assistance, self-development and other interventions to alleviate the scourge of poverty and abuse.

“BPW Barbados recognises the tremendous support of entertainment personalities Alex Jordan, Salt, TC and Mikey who assisted tremendously in promotion the cause. This is Alex’s second year with the Rotaract South Charity Race and she has shown consistent commitment in promoting the cause — whatever it is. Mikey and TC have used their “edutainment” training received through the UN’s UNiTE campaign to lend to anti-violence against women and girls causes,” said the BPW president, extending heartfelt thanks to President of the Rotaract team, Erica Hall.

She also extended thanks to the BPW members who volunteered or participated in the run, the artistes who supported, as well as sponsors and contributors including Scotiabank, Sol, the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Barbados Hash House Harriers, FedNav, the Barbados Olympic Association and others.

Hall, said: “Although we did not reach our fundraising target, we do consider this event very successful. The participation was much more than we anticipated. We ran out of registration forms on the day giving us an estimated total of 210 participants (runners and walkers). We would attribute not meeting our original fundraising target to the tight schedule we were working with and the number of very worthy fundraising events on the day; so we are very appreciative of the support.”

Photos by Katrina Harewood, Gina-Lee de Suze and Renner Yearwood.

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