The occasion was the Second Annual Walk and 5K Run, staged in the Frigate Bay area of Basseterre.
Over three hundred persons are said to have participated, generating thousands of dollars that would go toward the overall upkeep of the St. Christopher Children’s Home, including physical structural improvements, said one member of the Home’s Management Committee.
The target, said the official, is to raise over EC$125,000, to aid the administrative and other programs of the 60 year old institution that provides for the island’s children in need.
Though the Home qualifies for some assistance in grant-aided funding by the government, additional monetary support is regularly needed to meet the expenses. Government also covers the charges for water, electricity and assists in the physical maintenance of the buildings.
However, the financial upkeep, renovations, or improvements and general operational costs are mainly facilitated by donations from corporations, organizations and individuals. Saturday’s activity was therefore organized as part of the program of income generation to meet these costs.
The event was staged between 2:30pm-6:30pm, in the vicinity of the Marriott Golf Club House, taking a route around the picturesque golf course, into the Half Moon Bay district and back into Frigate Bay.
The event benefitted from the generous financial sponsorship of various entities, including UPS, Hobson Enterprises, St. Kitts Marriott, Silver Reefs, National Bank, Christophe Harbour, Beaumont Park, and many others.
Amongst the participants was the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. Denzil Douglas.