The Nation’s first Virtual 5K event “Land of Steel Pan” Run for Children with Cancer.
ORGANIZED BY: RUNNERS OF TRINIDAD INC.
WHAT IS THE VIRTUAL 5K EVENT AND HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH IT?
“It’s a pedometer; like Waze. But instead of a car, you use your feet.”
We’ve done thousands of 5Ks in the past, now we wanted to do something different using technology. The platform itself is an app; like a fancy pedometer where people can participate on their own timing, and wherever they want; in their back yard, savannah or anywhere. This is an easy and less expensive way to get people involved and to take part in the wellness movement. As they have less expenses, they can actually do more for the charity and our medal is a handsome reward!
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SUPPORT THIS PARTICULAR CAUSE?
It is a cause that is close to the organization. We’ve seen that young children receiving Cancer Treatment may be unable to enjoy their childhood. This is an attempt to enlighten these children’s minds and bring some joy to their lives while going through difficult treatments.
We provide things to them (gaming consoles etc.) that they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise because their family spends money saved on treatment.
– The land of steel pan was used as the slogan as the high quality medal is fashioned after the steel pan.
– The event was launched towards the end of July and was supposed to be a patriotic themed event; running through independence & Republic Days.
However with the overwhelming increase in corporate participation for the event, they decided to extend the event until the end of October.
– Support has poured in from all walks of life; Judges, CEOs, JMMB Bank Head, Danielle Walcott, Special Needs Kids, Ria Ramnarine.
Group FitKids won the Marios Group prize.