End to End to Feature One Time Challenge

Monday, February 16, 2015

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The Catlin Bermuda End-to-End event will feature a one-time challenge this year, when the CEO of the charity’s title sponsor, Graham Pewter, takes to the course in order to raise money for the Centre on Philanthropy.

“The Bermuda End-to-End has selected four family-oriented charities to receive support from the 2015 Catlin End-to-End,” said Anne Mello, chair of the End-to-End Charitable Trust, which organizes the May 2 event. “They include Bermuda’s largest food bank; family counselling; a student mentoring programme; and Bermuda’s only hospice.”

“This year we are also supporting Graham’s efforts to take part in our event to raise money for the Centre on Philanthropy, via that charity’s ‘Chairman’s Challenge’ fundraising drive,” she added.

“As deputy chair of the Centre on Philanthropy, Graham has chosen to do the End-to-End course twice – once on a bicycle and once on foot – as part of a team challenge by that charity. We admire and support his huge commitment to the charities he is involved with.”

The Centre on Philanthropy works to create an effective and sustainable charitable sector in Bermuda by providing training and education, fostering collaboration and supporting volunteerism. It has been the catalyst for positive change in the sector, and provides a unified voice for its more than 350 member charities.

The charities supported by the Catlin End-to-End’s 2015 fundraisers are:

  • The Eliza Doolittle Society: Bermuda’s largest food bank, providing free food to nearly all the feeding programmes on the Island, including the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, Coalition for the Protection of Children, and some families on Government assistance. It also directly provides food to 300 individuals or families and operates a twice-weekly free lunch service in Hamilton. TEDS has distributed 200,000 pounds of food in Bermuda this year.
  • Family Centre: A 25-year-old charity offering intensive counselling services, including screening, child and family counselling, school-based counselling, and community and home counselling. Programmes serve children suffering from abuse, neglect or other emotional challenges, and high-risk families. The Family Centre delivered 900 direct services to children and families in 2013.
  • Friends of Hospice: Bermuda’s only hospice, which provides both end-of-life care and palliative care for inpatients and operates a day hospice. It also operates a companion programme for people who otherwise would not have visitors, and a bereavement programme to help families cope with loss – before and after their loved one dies.
  • Youthnet: An island-wide programme, which matches volunteer mentors with 800 public school students each year, giving “at risk” students extra attention and support in both academics and social interactions. Around half the students are in the Youthnet reading programme, High school students can be linked with peer mentors from other schools.

The Catlin End-to-End event is organised by the Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust’s Board, and is supported by numerous local sponsors and more than 2,500 individual event participants.