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Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, October 13, 2015: On Tuesday, October 13, Guardian Group launched its newest social responsibility initiative: the “SHINE 5K and 10K Charity Walk and Run” 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 28, beginning and finishing at Nelson Mandela Park, St. Clair, Port of Spain (formerly King George V Park).
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.
“At Guardian Group we firmly believe that strong, stable and productive communities are essential to continued national and regional development. Such development must start at the individual level through improved wellbeing and the realisation of human potential,” said Tewari. “As a corporate citizen committed to the wellbeing of all people we made the decision that we would provide all proceeds from this inaugural charity walk and run to selected charities, with the focus being on children in need.”
Tewari added: “The two races are open to recreational and professional walkers and runners and I encourage everyone to join me as I run for “SHINE”. It promises to be a day of fun, healthy exercise and true Trini Christmas entertainment.” He concluded by saying: “As a nation and especially at this time of the year, this is our time to shine and show the world that despite the challenges we may face as a country, we are intrinsically a caring and generous people.”
The main charities to benefit from this year’s race proceeds are Blink BMobile Foundation, the Express Children’s Fund, KIND – Kids in need of Direction, the Rainbow Foundation and the Just Because Foundation. Several smaller charities involved in the area of health and wellness will also benefit from the proceeds of this event. Expressing enthusiasm was KIND’s General Manager Anthony Parris who thanked the Guardian Group for introducing this charitable event: “It is no secret that in Trinidad and Tobago we have hundreds of children who are suffering in one form or another. From our end we do all that we can to help them with the limited resources at our disposal, but it is often not enough. On behalf of all the charities represented here and all children in need, we thank the Guardian Group for championing this worthy cause.”
Guardian Group’s social responsibility initiatives have for the past several years focussed 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 in Barbados. For 2015 the Group in Trinidad and Tobago joins sister companies in Jamaica and Curacao who have staged their own versions of a race for charity.
Race Director Jason Gooding of Odessey Timing Company had this to say: “We have mapped out the courses to cater to both amateur and professional runners and are aiming to attract 2,500 participants. There will be attractive cash prizes for the top three finishers in the 10K race, and hampers for the 5K winners, both in the male and female categories and medals for everyone who completes their respective course.”
At the end of the race and to ring in the Christmas season, all race participants will be invited to place unique Christmas ornaments onto a specially designed Christmas tree which will remain standing at Mandela Park for the duration of the Christmas season. The lighting of the tree will climax an evening of entertainment and family fun.
Supporting Guardian Group in this charitable race are official partners Blink B-Mobile, One Caribbean Media Group and sponsors SM Jaleel and Associated Brands Limited. In addition, several celebrities have already stepped forward to endorse the cause. They include Trinidad and Tobago Olympic sailor Andrew Lewis, Trinidad and Tobago Sports Woman of the Year 2014 and Olympic Shot Putt athlete Cleopatra Borel, media personality Ancil “Blaze” Isaacs, soca artiste Farmer Nappy, Raymond Ramnarine, Derek Seales and the members of the Dil E Nadan band.
For further information on the Shine 5k and 10K Charity walk and run go to http://www.run2shine.com
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.