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‘Ole George to walk first leg in Grenada

‘Ole George to walk first leg in Grenada

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Vincentian walking legend Earl ‘Ole George’ Daniel is going to Grenada. It’s the first leg of a Million Dollar Walk that is being organised by the Rotary Club of St. Vincent South, in partnership with the Virginia-based International Hospital for Children (IHC).{{more}} The initiative, which was launched here on Tuesday, March 4th, is geared to raise funds to procure equipment and to construct a Caribbean Hospital for Children to be located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).

In this current or first phase of the project, resources are being sought to finance the equipment now required for use by IHC visiting medical teams who have been travelling to St. Vincent periodically since 2002 treating scores of children. Several Grenadian children have already benefited under the project. The establishment of a hospital in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will ensure that the much needed services will be available here in the Caribbean, through the construction of a suitable building and procurement of required equipment; and transference of knowledge and skills from the IHC medical team(s) to local and regional medical personnel.

The main fundraising activity is a series of sponsored walks by local legend, Earl ‘Ole George’ Daniel and his walking partner, Joel Butcher, to take place at various locations on mainland St. Vincent – Mustique, Canouan, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, with the major walk in North America, from New York to Toronto. The North America walk will require the walkers to walk for approximately eight (8) days without sleep. Rotary Club and its partners are also facilitating the entering of this record on the Guinness Book of World Records. The two came close to creating this record in Jamaica some two years ago.

Grenada will lead the pack when the first walk takes off on Saturday, March 15th. The Rotary Club of Grenada and Cable and Wireless are among the institutions that will provide support on the ground for this important initiative. It’s also expected that corporate Grenada, as well as other civic minded Grenadians will lend their support, financial and otherwise to this important initiative which has been dubbed-’Walking for life – Let the children live.’

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