- 06 November, 2014
- by Grenada Spot
ST GEORGE'S, GRENADA, Tuesday, 4 November 2014
It was double success for Grenadians on Sunday, 2 November 2014 when runners in both New York and Grenada successfully completed marathons to help raise funds for the charity, reachwithin, which supports vulnerable Grenadian children and their caregivers.
Grenadians Philomena Robertson and Anderson Simon took to the chilly streets of New York alongside over 50,000 runners at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. Robertson, who is a media professional and currently lives in the British Virgin Islands, finished the course in five hours and twenty minutes (5.20.25). Simon, Director of the Child Protection Agency in Grenada, crossed over the finish line in six hours and six minutes (6.06.11).
Meanwhile, in Grenada, Jerry Bascombe,Youth Programme Coordinator with reachwithin and Dennis Mason, a reachwithin mentor, were simultaneously running their own race. Disappointed to learn that they would not be attending the New York marathon this year, they organised their own which followed the west coast of Grenada, from St George's to Sauteurs. Inspired by their cause and to demonstrate their love and respect for both Jerry and Dennis, up to eighteen friends and family joined them on their quest including residents of Father Mallaghan's home for boys in Victoria. Less of a race but more a test of endurance, and after running close to 27 miles, they all triumphantly arrived at the end destination of the Petite Anse Hotel, Sauteurs in just under six hours.
reachwithin's mission is to improve the future outcomes of vulnerable children in Grenada by impacting the quality of their care. They help children to develop healthy social and emotional coping skills while providing positive parenting techniques to their caregivers. reachwithin is the only charity in Grenada to have developed and delivered, over the past five years, a constant stream of structured training in youth life skills alongside courses specifically designed for caregivers. reachwithin.org facebook.com/reachwithin1
Philomena Robertson with her medal after the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon.
Anderson Simon (and suppporter) just before the start of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon.
Jerry Bascombe (green top) and Dennis Mason (brown top) with friends on their way to Sauteurs. It is 5.30am and they are half an hour into their run having just left the Grenada national stadium, St George's.
Jerry, Dennis and friends crossing the famous colourful bridge leading to the town of Gouyave.
Jerry and Dennis with Petite Anse Hotel owner and avid reachwithin supporter, Annie Clift.