Greater participation is anticipated this year for the second annual RBC Royal Bank /UWI Race For The Kids 5k event , coming off on March 11.
The afternoon run/walk event, which has two components involving competitive runners and recreational participants, will start at 4 p.m., and take runners from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, close to the round-a-bout at Warrens, and back to UWI.
This event is geared towards raising funds to support students who are unable to finance their studies, and also to help new students navigate challenges they encounter on campus.
Since 2014, students have been paying a portion of their tuition costs at the Cave Hill campus and this has been a challenge for several of them. The funds raised will go the Cave Hill Scholarship Fund.
Principal of the Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau reported that last year’s inaugural event raised $63 000 which allowed the campus to offer six new scholarships while another $20 000 was channeled towards a mentorship programme for first year students, while lauding RBC for partnering with UWI to stage the event.
Professor Barriteau also praised RBC for their support of student causes. “We could not have introduced the student scholarships and given significant financial support to the First Year Experience programme without the support of RBC and the UWI staff, the student body, family members and friends of UWI,” she said.
Managing Director of RBC (Barbados), Robert deSilva said the bank was pleased to support the worthy cause. “We at RBC believe that education is a fundamental human right and plays a critical role in our social and economic development. The youth of today will be our leaders and teachers of tomorrow, and they will help shape our communities and our society. This is why we consider our partnership with The UWI to be so important”.