When you run, walk, dance or circuit train with the Barbados Defence Force, (BDF) you’re helping to make children’s wishes come true. The fees that persons pay to participate in the BDF’s boot camp series will be donated to the Precious Touch Foundation Inc., which assists children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, or who are terminally ill, realise their wishes.
The five six-week boot camp sessions are being held in preparation for the Digicel/BDF Have A Heart Charity Fun Walk & Run on Saturday, August 11, as well as to encourage healthy lifestyles. A nominal fee is payable for the camps which are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from
5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.
According to Coordinator of Social Services at BDF Harriet Clarke there has been an “excellent response” to the series, with more than 50 people registering for the two sessions which were held on Monday evening.
“When we spoke to persons one-on-one, they were very open as to why they wanted to participate. Some said they were concerned about their fitness; others spoke about the negative comments persons had made to them; others recognised that they had gained weight over time,” she said.
Ms Clarke stressed the importance of the events. “We launched the 2018 Digicel/BDF Walk and Run, which is in its third year, back in February and on that day, we were told about a child who had her wish pending. We learned, regrettably, that the child passed away at the beginning of this month. So we have a keen awareness of the work of the Charity and why it’s so critical to help children and their families experience the joy of having a wish granted.
She urged persons to participate in the exercise sessions, explaining that three levels were being offered – Charlie for beginners; Bravo for intermediate and Alpha for the elite. Individuals would be assessed and then assigned to groups based on their level of fitness.
“Participants will engage in a wide variety of fitness activities, including dance aerobics, circuit training, hill and core work and even beach sessions,” she stated. She added that the BDF’s physical training instructors were coordinating the boot camp series, which she described as “a superior product”.
Series one ends May 25; Series two runs from May 28 to July 6; and Series three from July 9 to August 17. Series four starts August 20 and ends September 28, while the final one will be from October 1 to November 9.
For additional information on the boot camps or the charity walk and run, interested persons should call Harriet Clarke at 536-2912 or 836-3160 or Captain Michael Jules at 536-2590 or 836-3162. (BGIS)