The island of Virgin Gorda was named after its resemblance of a reclining lady, but there were no recliners to be seen on the island earlier this month as Unite BVI (a not-for-profit foundation set up by Virgin Unite and the Branson family), held the foundation’s first aquathon competition.
The aquathon – an athletic competition consisting of both swimming and running – was held to raise funding and awareness for summer youth activity programmes in the local community. In attendance at the aquathon was Unite BVI’s founder, Richard Branson, the Governor of the BVI, and many more wonderful supporters.
The Unite BVI team said, “Positive youth programming is an essential need in the local community to help keep our next generation focussed on a stronger, wiser and recovered BVI. With the traditional school year soon coming to a close and summer almost upon us, youth programmes with great leadership and positive activities are essential.”
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Through the funding generated from the aquathon, Unite BVI will support BVI registered organisations and encourage the integration of swimming, snorkelling, surfing and diving programmes into summer itineraries.
Unite BVI is also helping to rebuild schools in local areas, including the Bregado Flax High School (ready to open in June 2019) and five temporary classrooms at the Elmore Stout High School (set for a September 2019 opening). This development will allow for enough space for high schools to return to full day classes for the first time since the devastation of Hurrican Irma in 2017.
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Unite BVI is passionate about the ocean and is working to inspire conservation, protection and enjoyment of the ocean. Next up on the Unite BVI athletic activity schedule is the June 2nd annual Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) ‘Swim the Sound’ fundraiser. VISAR is an independent, volunteer-based organisation funded almost entirely by charitable donations. Since its formation VISAR has carried out well over 1,300 search and rescue missions. The fully trained volunteer crew, trainees and coordinators gave up thousands of hours of their personal time to train, attend meetings and dedicate themselves to saving lives at sea.
If you would like to find out more about Unite BVI, visit their website at: www.unitebvi.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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