WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6: Participants in this year’s Catlin End-to-End raised a staggering quarter of a million dollars for charity.
The event was so successful that each of the seven nominated charities received $5,000 more than originally anticipated.
On Monday night, awards were presented to the top fundraisers and volunteers who took part in the 25th anniversary.
The ceremony was attended by Health Minister Zane De Silva and Education Minister Dame Jennifer Smith.
Mr De Silva said: “The one thing that I always remark upon at this event is that the sense of fun is always there, no matter the blisters at the end. There is a real community vibe and a coming together to face a collective challenge for the betterment of our community.”
This year’s volunteer of the year was Michael Swain, while Bacardi received top prize for the best waterstop.
Chris Burns was presented with the top team award and the team spirit award after his First Atlantic Commerce crew raised just over $14,200 for charity by dressing up in bright blue tuxedos.
Keith Griffin won the top individual fundraiser prize.
The charities that benefitted from this year’s event were Open Airways, Age Concern, the Adult Education Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Family Centre, St John’s Ambulance and YouthNet.
Each group received a sum between $25,000 and $55,000.
End-to-End Chair, Anne Mello, said: “We were delighted with the outcome of this year’s event.
“And it was particularly moving during the awards ceremony to hear from each of the charities as they explained how the money will be spent.
“That is why we do this and it brings a very personal side to the End-to-End.
“It took an army of people to make the 25th anniversary what it was and we are grateful to every single one of them.”