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Inaugural RBC 5K has successful start in Barbados

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, April 24, 2017

It was a sea of blue on the streets of Barbados on Easter Monday, as more than 1,200 walkers and runners took part in the country’s inaugural RBC Race for the Kids. The race is a partnership of RBC Royal Bank and The University of the West Indies (The UWI) at Cave Hill, to raise funds for The UWI Cave Hill Campus Student Scholarship Fund and the campus’s First Year Experience Programme to benefit “freshers”.

The Barbados race becomes the 15th RBC Race for the Kids to be hosted around the world that is dedicated to childrens’ charities and youth initiatives.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Cave Hill, Professor Eudine Barriteau said she was thrilled with the tremendous support received from RBC, The UWI team and the Barbados community. “You are part of something historical today, because this is the very first race benefitting our UWI students and providing sustainable funds for youth education in Barbados,”Barriteau told participants before the start of the race.

The bank and the university joined forces back in February to launch the race

Robert de Silva, Managing Director of RBC Royal Bank (Barbados) commented: “Through initiatives such as the RBC Race for the Kids we give meaning to our purpose of helping our clients thrive and communities prosper. This is one of our commitments to the Barbados community: raising funds for the UWI Student Scholarship Fund, as many deserving and qualified students are challenged to finance their studies.”

Roger Cogle, RBC’s Regional Vice President Southern Caribbean who is an advocate for the bank’s community involvement and for bringing the RBC Race for the Kids to the region, said: “Today’s youth is our future. They will be tomorrow’s leaders and will shape Caribbean communities and society. Education will empower our youth and is key to a sustainable future. We are very proud to support that future in collaboration with The UWI.”

The 5K Race started at the foot of University Drive, adjacent to the RBC University Drive Branch and runners, walkers and strollers crossed the finish line at the UWI Usain Bolt Complex. The Complex was transformed into a festival venue with a series events and activities for participants and spectators.

de Silva in his remarks acknowledged “the commitment of our wider RBC family in Barbados, RBC Capital Markets, RBC Dominion Securities, RBC Insurance and Royal Fidelity, all our other sponsoring partners, Colour XL, Promotech, Intelligent Lightning and Bassa Bassa and the wider community that supported today’s event.”

In recent times, the Cave Hill campus experienced a 40% decline in enrollment as many qualified, potential students struggle to pay tuition fees that were announced by the Government of Barbados in 2013. The Cave Hill Student Scholarship Fund supports incoming and existing students, facing such challenges, and offers a sustainable solution to education for the Barbados youth.


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