Barbadians came out in their thousands to walk or run in support of the causes behind which the Insurance Corporation of Barbados has thrown its name –– and the occasion was fun for all.
The Heroes Day Walk/Run took the bubbly set of supporters through routes that began on Roebuck Street at the ICBL Corporate Centre, and depending on their walk or run choice they moved through The City in the cool of morning.
Walkers and some runners took the five-kilometre route through Welches, Eagle Hall, Barbarees Hill, Passage Road and Country Road, while the athletic and athletic-minded jogged/ran along Crumpton Street, Welches Main Road, up Station Hill, then back to Spooners Hill.
ICBL has long been giving support to Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Asthma Bay, and each year used the fun walk/run to raise money for this unit.
This year, the corporation added the Precious Touch Foundation and the Hope Foundation charities, and aimed to up the number of walk/run participants who contribute funds by signing up for the event and purchasing T-shirts and jerseys.
Chief executive officer Ingrid Innes said: “ICBL is motivated by the desire to expand the charitable reach of the event. We will continue to support the Asthma Bay of the QEH, which does an excellent job helping those suffering with asthma. We will also donate part of the proceeds raised from this year’s event to the Hope Foundation, and the Precious Touch Foundation.
Hope Foundation for 24 years worked to highlight lesser known chronic diseases like sickle cell and lupus to bring about awareness and help those diagnosed to manage their illness.
Precious Touch Foundation is a non-profit charity that grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
“At ICBL we are proud to sponsor these two charities,” Innes said.
The figures for registrants have been growing, as more Barbadians become aware of ICBL’s charitable work. The 2,300 people who walked and ran this year topped the 1,850 of last year’s turnout, which bettered the 2013 figure of 1,097.
In spite of the growing number of persons turning up for the event each Heroes Day, ICBL this year found itself with left over jerseys and T-shirts.
As corporate communication officer Randy Howard explained, “we ordered a greater number of jerseys and T-shirts in the hope of a larger group of participants. We did get more than we got previously, which is an achievement”.
Added Howard: “We are now trying to give individuals who were not able to make the walk/run, for various reasons, the opportunity to show their support for the causes by purchasing some of the remaining jerseys and T-shirts.
“We decided we would allow staff and the public these remaining jerseys and T-shirts at a significantly reduced cost of $12 for adults, and $10 for children.
“Of course we will be adding that money to the cash to be donated to those three charities. We have a number of sizes and colours remaining waiting for those who might have not have been able to walk or run to contribute.”
Howard said three types were available: T-shirts; baby-Ts; and jerseys or vests.
Contributors are invited to call 434-6005 for preferred size and colour.