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Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, September 21, 2016: On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Guardian Group launched its second annual “Guardian Group SHINE 5K and 10K Charity Walk and Run” corporate social responsibility initiative to invited guests and the media at the Atrium in their head office, Westmoorings, Trinidad. The acronym SHINE stands for “Securing Hope for those In Need.” The Charity Walk and Run takes place on Saturday, November 26, 2016, beginning and finishing at Nelson Mandela Park, St. Clair, Port of Spain (formerly King George V Park), race time 4:25pm.
According to Group CEO Ravi Tewari, Guardian Group recognises that there are many under privileged children and families across Trinidad and Tobago who lack adequate financial support to maintain a minimum standard quality of life.
“As a corporate citizen that consistently demonstrates our commitment to the wellbeing of people, we firmly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a minimum standard quality of life which allows them to develop to their full potential. Such development must start at the individual level through improved wellbeing.
But the harsh truth is that fulfilling the human potential of our nation is beyond the reach of many of our citizens. That is because there are thousands of people in Trinidad and Tobago, in particular children, who are in dire need of financial assistance to help them achieve a basic quality of life; the type of life which many of us take for granted.”
Tewari added: “In 2015, approximately 3,500 people from across Trinidad and Tobago answered our call to come out and shine and help people in need. The response from runners and walkers, our staff, official partners and sponsors, charities and people just like you was overwhelming to say the least, and last December, we were able to raise over $212,000 for charities.
Inspired by last year’s response, this year we are aiming to shine even brighter and we have set ourselves the ambitious target of having 5,000 persons register to participate in SHINE 2016. I also take this opportunity to remind you that all proceeds from this race go to charity.”
The charities to benefit from this year’s race proceeds are: Couva Children’s Home and Crisis Nursery; Express Children’s Fund; Healing with Horses Foundation; KIND – Kids in need of Direction; Rainbow Rescue; Just Because Foundation; Jaya Lakshmi Children’s Home; Sylphil House in Love in Tobago and The Mayor’s Christmas Fund.
In her remarks, President of Rainbow Rescue, Sharon Thomas commended Guardian Group and the event’s partners and sponsors for staging the event for a second year and said: “In 2015, as a result of your generous donation of $ 25,000.00, we were able to outfit children with school uniforms and books for the start of the new school year and we were also able to carry out some much needed renovations and repainting of our new study room, which now facilitates extra lessons and serves as a Home Work area.”
Thomas also added, “Through the continued kindness of SHINE, we are hoping to conduct repair and refurbishing works to our kitchen cabinetry in order to maintain suitable standards. On behalf of all the charities represented here and all people in need, we thank Guardian Group for championing this worthy cause.”
Guardian Group’s social responsibility initiatives have for the past several years focused on promoting healthy lifestyles in the territories in which it operates across the Caribbean. These initiatives have included support for the Olympic Committee of Trinidad and Tobago, 5K runs in Jamaica and Curaçao, and youth cricket and football in Barbados. Guardian Group’s sister companies in Jamaica and Curaçao have also been staging their own versions of a race for charity, with Curaçao having done so for over 10 years.
In his presentation, Race Director Jason Gooding of Odyssey Timing Company Limited had this to say: “Like last year, we have mapped out the course to cater to both recreational and professional runners. This race is also the last formal race of the season where distance runners can prepare themselves for the new season to come. There will be attractive prizes for the top three finishers in both categories, male and female, as well as for winners in various age categories. There will also be medals for all participants who complete their respective course.”
In a new addition to this year’s walk and run, Guardian Group also introduced Lace up for Charity, a social media campaign as part of the SHINE walk and run. Shiny shoe laces will be sent to local influences, media personalities and other individuals inviting them to lace up for a good cause, take pictures and share on various social media platforms with the hashtags “#GGShine2016 #LaceUp.
Persons can register from Monday September 26, 2016 at all Guardian Group Offices and on http://www.run2shine.com .
In concluding his remarks, Group CEO Tewari added: “Staging an event of this scale is challenging and requires the support of other like-minded businesses and groups. I therefore must thank the event’s official partners One Caribbean Media Ltd., Oasis Premium Purified Water, for joining with us again this year and welcome our new partner C&W Business. I also thank sponsors Fiber One and Nature Valley, GNC, Guardian Group Pink Hibiscus Breast Health Specialists, HADCO, Kiss Cakes, Nestle and Yoplait. Your valued support will help us make a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of people.”
Also answering the call to shine are several celebrities who stepped forward to endorse the cause. They include Reniece Boyce of the National Women’s Cricket team, Trinidad and Tobago Olympic sailor Andrew Lewis, Trinidad and Tobago Sports Woman of the Year 2014 and Olympic Shot Putt athlete Cleopatra Borel, Keshorn Walcott, Olympic Gold and Bronze Javelin medalist, media personalities Ken Simmons, Ancil “Blaze” Isaacs, Jason Williams, soca artistes Farmer Nappy, Nisha B, Raymond Ramnarine and Derek Seales and members of the Dil E Nadan band.
For further information on the Guardian Group Shine 5k and 10K Charity walk and run check http://www.myguardiangroup.com or our facebook page for more details.
ABOUT GUARDIAN GROUP
Guardian Group is the new single brand of the largest indigenous financial services and insurance group in the English and Dutch Caribbean. Guardian Group operates across the Region including the Eastern and Northern Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and the Dutch Caribbean. The Group includes the parent company, Guardian Holdings Limited, Guardian Asset Management in Trinidad and Tobago; Guardian Life of the Caribbean and Guardian General Insurance Ltd. in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados; Guardian Life Limited and Guardian General Insurance Jamaica Ltd., in Jamaica; Fatum Holdings N.V. and all of its subsidiaries in Curacao and Aruba and across the Dutch Caribbean. While the companies within the group remain separate legal entities, they all now carry a single brand name, logo and tagline, solidifying Guardian Group as the single largest brand in the insurance and financial services sector in the English and Dutch Caribbean with a rich legacy of over 165 years.