Argus walk raises almost $30,000 for charities
Almost $30,000 was raised for charities after a record-breaking 1,061 people registered for the Argus Walks the Walk with The Centre on Philanthropy Charity 5K.
The ten charities generating the most support at the event were: Warwick Academy Foundation; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Bermuda Alumnae Chapter; P.A.L.S.; WindReach Bermuda; Bermuda Gymnastics Association; Raleigh International Bermuda; Bermuda Volleyball Association; Tomorrow's Voices Bermuda Autism Early Intervention Centre; Bermuda Scout Association; and Ocean Support Foundation.
In addition, $5,305 was raised ($5 from each entry fee) in support of www.VOLUNTEER.bm run by The Centre on Philanthropy. The site is Bermuda's online one-stop shop for volunteering that enables members of the community to search for activities which suit their interest and availability. There are over 130 organisations that use the site to recruit and manage volunteers.
Pamela Barit Nolan, Executive Director of The Centre on Philanthropy, said: “We are thrilled that this community walk has been embraced by non-profit and their supporters. This year's event attracted over 50 percent more walkers a good indication that this is a welcome addition to the community's annual calendar.
“The Centre, in an effort to assist our smaller non-profit, held a special 'Lunch and Learn' that provided tips to organisations on how to maximise benefits from Walk the Walk including mobilising staff, board members, volunteers and donors to participate and raise funds and awareness. We are grateful to Argus for their sponsorship of this event and to each walker that participated and showed their support both to their chosen organisation and the community as a whole.”
Gerald Simons, President of the Argus Group, added: “We are really pleased that the Argus Walks the Walk with The Centre on Philanthropy Charity 5K is fast becoming one of the most popular fundraising walks in Bermuda. The concept of letting individual walkers decide which charity to support is a strong one; it means that some of the lesser known and smaller charities can benefit without having to cover the overheads of organising their own fundraising event. Argus is delighted to have helped to support so many local charities again this year.”
In total 95 charities benefited from the event.
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