Riding to assist with the education of children
Guardian Lifestyles Editor
Published: Aug 07, 2013
Education is important because it means knowledge gained — of the world, a perspective of looking at life and helps people build opinions and have points of views on things around them. With this in mind, the British Colonial Hilton Hotel will host a “Give A Child A Ride” charity event and the goal is simple — to raise funds that can assist in the enhancement of the education of children that cannot afford it.
The British Colonial Hilton has partnered with the Anglican Diocesan Education Board for the initiative. According to the hotel’s marketing manager, Latoya Hanna-Moxey, through “Give A Child A Ride” which is expected to become an annual event, they hope to raise at least $10,000 through the registration and pledge process with hopes to facilitate paying for the tuition of two students.
All proceeds raised from the “Give A Child A Ride” event on Saturday, September 14, will go towards a fund that will be geared towards paying the tuition for a boy and a girl to enter either the tenth or eleventh grade. Every two years Hanna-Moxey says they hope to host two more students to enter into private school, even though the ride will be held annually.
“Every year we [Hilton] put our best foot forward with charitable initiatives doing our 12 days of giving back, and after visiting a lot of homes last year, we realized that this was one of the things that was missing. We saw that we needed to push more energy into their education because you have some very smart children in these homes, but because they don’t have the exposure and we noticed that they don’t get the opportunity that other children get, we thought this would be a great initiative,” said Hanna-Moxey. “We’re not reinventing the wheel, because we realize that some homes actually facilitate programs like this through anonymous donors and other sponsorship, but as corporate citizens we decided to step up and facilitate an education fund for the homes.”
The Anglican Diocesan Education Board will set the criteria for the students to be selected to benefit from the fund, according to Hanna-Moxey.
“It’s not necessarily that they will be these 4.00 students doing amazing things … we hope that we can find students that are excelling, who just haven’t had the opportunity, but we’re not just going to limit ourselves to just creating academic criteria for the children. The school will work with us to choose the most needed children for this particular program.”
Since cycling is a growing trend, Hanna-Moxey said the Hilton decided to join in on the fun by hosting what will be a leisurely ride with two categories — 10 miles and 35 miles. Single riders will pay a $35 registration fee per person (on the form, riders can pledge additional funds if they would like to). All funds go towards the educational fund. Persons registering as double riders for the same fee per person will receive a complimentary sleeping room (based on early booking) at the Hilton to stay in during race weekend. Teams of four or more riders will receive a complimentary sleep room, again during race weekend for every two registrations.
For those people who want to support the cause, but don’t want to ride, or will be off the island, they can participate in what they term “ride on the side” for $35. They will receive a “goodie” bag for their support.
“Being a mother myself I get to lend my personal support, not just in my work in marketing manager at the Hilton, but to just kind of open up our awareness, and broaden our horizons as to what we can do for these children that they don’t have on a normal basis,” said Hanna-Moxey.
Race day registration takes place at Pompey Square at 6 a.m. Making a full day of activities out of it there will be after-ride activities, including a kid’s riding rink set up in Pompey Square. “Give A Child A Ride” applications can be picked up from Cycles Unlimited or at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, or downloaded from their site at www.giveachildaride.com.