Strange sight on the South Coast
It was a strange sight on the South Coast yesterday as men and boys in red outfits – some in red dresses – were seen jogging, while holding small white buckets decorated with small red hearts.
However, it was not a dare or a bachelor party that got out of control. It was all for charity.
The Barbados Hash House Harriers – a running and hiking group – decided to make their usual Saturday run with a difference by partnering with the Barbados Heart and Stroke Foundation for the second year to raise funds for what Hash Mistress Brigitte Melville said is a severely underfunded charity.
Estimates indicate that someone experiences a stroke every other day in Barbados.
And the Valentine’s Day run, which began around 3 p.m. from Massy Supermarket in Worthing to the Garrison Savannah and back, was also designed to heighten awareness of the need for cardio vascular fitness.
As for the fancy dresses, that was just a bit of fun into which all of the men who ran were happy to engage in.
Big red wigs, to sequined skirts and even strapless gowns were seen on strapping men, young and old, and when they returned to the rendezvous point around 6 p.m., there was an atmosphere of accomplishment and, as expected, they poked fun at each other.
It seemed the more ridiculous the outfit the heavier the bucket clinked with funds collected.
The ladies in red didn’t disappoint either. Some were designed for comfort, others for ‘sexy factor’, but never once losing sight of the important cause they were running for. (KMB)