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Port-of-Spain, Trinidad December 29, 2015: Guardian Group CEO, Ravi Tewari presented the SHINE race proceeds cheques totaling $212,600 to the ten charities that were identified as beneficiaries of the Guardian Group SHINE 5K and 10K Charity Walk and Run event.
Guardian Group SHINE (Securing Hope for those in Need) was the 5k and 10K Charity Walk and Run held on Saturday November 28, 2015 from the Nelson Mandela Park, St. Clair. This charity event was Guardian Group’s inaugural race/run in Trinidad and Tobago and attracted 3540 runners and walkers surpassing the target of 2500 participants. The dual distances within one event was novel and sought to engage both the serious athletes and leisure walkers/runners in one event, satisfying their individual goals and achieving the business goal objective of making a meaningful contribution to children’s charities, and furthering public awareness and engagement in Health and Wellness, Guardian Group’s main CSR focus. Speaking at the cheque presentation ceremony, the Group CEO Ravi Tewari, commended the staff for the spirit of volunteerism they demonstrated in the lead up and on the day of the event and stressed the importance of giving back to the community, especially to those less fortunate. He went on to say that that, “SHINE provided an opportunity for Guardian Group to bring staff, communities, families and corporate Trinidad and Tobago together to demonstrate national citizenship and care for those less fortunate.”
Like with the Group’s Jamaica subsidiaries, Guardian Group TT sought to use a formula that not only brought key stakeholders together but for TT it addressed a pressing need in the social landscape especially at Christmas time. For its inaugural year Guardian Group Shine supported NGOs that provided care for children as its major charities of choice. This decision also determined the criteria for choice of corporate partners to host the event. The partners had to have CSR’s that had a long-standing track record of success in supporting and making a difference in children’s charities or causes.
The partners were:
1. One Caribbean Media (OCM) | Charity- (its beneficiary -Express Children’s Fund)
2. Blink Bmobile| Bmobile Foundation (its beneficiary -The Autistic Society of TT)
A total of $212,600.00 in SHINE 2015 proceeds was raised and designated to charities as follows:
1. Express Children’s Fund - $40,000
2. Blink Bmobile Foundation | Austism Services of Trinidad and Tobago - $40,000
3. Rainbow Rescue - $25,500
4. KIND - $25,500
5. Just Because Foundation - $25,500
6. Jaya Lakshmi - $25,500
7. Mayor’s Christmas Fund - $10,000
8. Diabetes Association - $10,000
9. Heart Foundation - $ 5,300
10. Hope Centre - $ 5,300
Another key goal of SHINE was to use its timing just on the cusp of the Christmas season to harness the general feelings of goodwill, camaraderie, family, cheer and giving in the environment and find a way to capture and symbolize. As the evening drew to a close thousands of participants, friends and well-wishers shared their race times, Christmas messages and wishes on the message board at the base of the 30ft Christmas tree and then participated in the final count down for the lighting of the tree. The SHINE Christmas tree will remain lit from dusk to dawn until January 6, 2016. SHINE 2016 is scheduled for November 26, 2016.