NASSAU, BAHAMAS — For the third time in two years, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) is the recipient of proceeds from the global RBC Race for the Kids event.
This year, a 20 percent increase in donations resulted in RBC Royal Bank presenting a cheque for $18,000 to the institution. More than 500 participants laced up locally and joined other participants throughout the wider Caribbean and as far away as Canada and China for the global event.
The Bahamas was host to one of 35 virtual races held across 19 countries. The 539 participants represented a 33 percent increase over the last year’s virtual race.
The donation will benefit several areas, including:
- BTVI’s Student Success Learning Lab; this also includes diagnostic and learner-centered teaching techniques to support 21st Century educational goals and skills-building.
- The restoration of the Abaco center and Grand Bahama campus, following the devastation from Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
- The further development of the early alert STAR program, which identifies at-risk students.
BTVI President Dr Robert W Robertson said the institution is thrilled to be the local charity for the global event again.
“The support from RBC Royal Bank has been phenomenal; clearly, the bank has a heart for young people and understands the importance of BTVI to the nation,” said Dr Robertson.
“RBC Royal Bank and BTVI have a special connection in that BTVI has a key role in helping to close the skills gap through career training and workforce development, while RBC Royal Bank clearly sees the benefits of investing in our young people.
“We believe the dividends reaped from this partnership will be tremendous and ultimately for the country.”
Managing Director and Vice President of Personal Banking and RBC FINCO LaSonya Missick said: “Community engagement is core to the purpose of RBC — helping our clients thrive and communities prosper.
“One of the most meaningful things we can do as an organization in these difficult times is to give back to our community partners, to help make sure they stay strong and resilient. We are pleased to have BTVI as our local charity partner and thank them for their continued dedication to supporting our nation’s youth.”
This was the third edition of the RBC Race for the Kids, with the first one in January 2020 being in-person. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the race pivoted to a virtual format in October 2020 and 2021. It was a means of continuing the necessary support of youth-focused partners globally, despite social gathering restrictions.