Nassau, BAHAMAS – On Saturday, 1st April, 2017 the entrance of University of The Bahamas was awaken at the wee hours of the morning as scores of people showed up for the Inaugural UB Fit Fun Run Walk Skate 5K/10K event. UB stakeholders, students, faculty, staff and alumni overwhelmingly supported the event.
Targeting 500 runners, walkers and skaters, Bahamians were encouraged to support the first fundraiser of its kind as University of The Bahamas. Conceptualized by an avid runner, UBFIT Health and Safety Committee Chair Kandice Eldon created the event to bring the UB community and friends of the university together to promote health and wellness. The event was the culmination the institution’s annual Health and Safety Week under the theme, “Fit. Healthy. Safe.”
“The genesis of this event was a desire to see the university community and friends of UB come together for a worthy cause. As a committee, we determined that funds raised would augment UB’s Annual Fund and also increase mobility on campus for students with special needs. We are extremely thankful for our sponsors and supporters and believe this will be a memorable event for years to come.”
University of The Bahamas will join the ranks of many other organizations who have used fun, run, walks to galvanize the community and support worthwhile causes. UB Fit has garnered the support of corporate Bahamas:
- Generali – title sponsor
- National Health Insurance (NHI) – platinum sponsor.
- BTC – gold sponsor
- Scotiabank – silver sponsor
- JS Johnson & Bahamas Power and Light – bronze sponsors
- Public Hospitals Authority, ICB & UB Alumni Association – community sponsors
As a proud graduate of University of The Bahamas Generali Sales Communications Manager Anya Smith, AA’94 expressed the partnership with UB came at a pivotal time for the company.
“We’re very pleased at Generali to give back to the community as this is our tenth year of operations here in The Bahamas. We thought this would be one of the good ways to give back to our community. This year we are rolling out several wellness initiatives and we want our members and community partners to be active so we were so happy to join up with University of The Bahamas in this endeveour. It provides us the opportunity to ‘Live the community’ which is one of our company’s values so we are pleased and excited.” Smith, implores other alumni to give back to their alma mater, “it’s also a great way to encourage future students to attend UB, realizing it is a very good option for tertiary education.”
Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, Davinia Blair underscored the value of philanthropy and supporting initiatives such as UB FIT and others.
“Generali’s excitement and enthusiasm with being the title sponsor for UB Fit is extremely encouraging to use as a strong vote of confidence in the vision of the University and the need for the University to have events which support good health and productive citizens. We are very appreciative of their support and all our corporate sponsors who’ve come on board to support this initiative,” said Blair. She also acknowledged the other sponsors who supported this inaugural event and thanked them for believing in and supporting UB in this initiative.
March 31, 2018 is the date that has been set for next year’s walk and it is anticipated that the second time around will be even better than the first.