One Bahamas walk donates $8,000 to local groups
According to Peter Bates, chief organizer for the One Bahamas 2013 Unity Walk, “the February event far surpassed our expectations with some 2,000 persons participating. The feedback has been very positive and so the committee has decided to make it an annual event.”
Bates added that the primary purpose for the Unity Walk was to continue to promote the ideals of the One Bahamas Foundation which includes unity in the community, and the 2013 walk achieved that goal by attracting a wide cross section of the community.
“Some 22 corporate, church, and civic organizations registered with 10 or more persons, and this resulted in many organizations benefitting financially, including the Bahamas Crisis Centre, the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled, the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, the Rotary Club of East Nassau, the Ranfurly Home for Children, Evangelistic Temple, REACH, the Nazareth Centre for Children, the Salvation Army, the Rotary Club of Nassau; the Bahamas Red Cross, One Bahamas, the Rotary Club of South East Nassau, the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise, and Urban Renewal,” said Bates.
“The committee had agreed that for each group that registered with 10 or more persons, that $5 from each registrant’s fee would be donated to an approved charity or group. Additionally, four youth organizations were selected as the event’s named beneficiaries – the Scouts Association, the Girl Guides Association, the Girls Brigades and the Boys Brigades,” said Bates. “We look forward to this event becoming an annual event, as we work together in the true spirit of the One Bahamas organization, to make our country the best that it can be.”
The fun walk began at 6:30 a.m., leaving Arawak Cay and travelling west along West Bay Street into the Cable Beach area to the turn-around point at the roundabout at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, and returned east along West Bay Street to Arawak Cay. The event concluded with remarks by Sir Orville Turnquest and performances by Visage, Osano Neely and Freddie Munnings. The rotary clubs of The Bahamas hosted a “finish line” souse stall.
The 2014 One Bahamas Unity Walk is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, and registration will begin on January 15, 2014. The major sponsors of the Unity Walk are Nassau Containers Port, Atlantis, Crime Stoppers, BTC, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Pilots International.