Running for peace
After successfully organizing the Race for Challenor in 2012, the Rotaract Club of South Barbados 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 5km road run/walk through Bridgetown aimed to support the efforts of Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados’s 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, Erica Hall said, “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.
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 part of which will be donated to assist BPW Barbados’ programs at their Shelter/Safe House.
She noted that the event could not have been successful without the input of the various sponsors and other contributors.
Among the awardees were:
1st Male Runner – Mark Greenidge -17.28
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 Hall added “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.”