Thursday, May 9, 2019

BTVI Hosts Fifth Annual Fun Run Walk

Participants warming up for the race.

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently held its fifth annual Fun Run Walk under the theme ‘Tru Blue,’ this year celebrating the graduating class of 2019 crossing the finish line.

BTVI’s New Providence graduation ceremony is scheduled for May 21st at the MeliĆ” Nassau Beach Resort, beginning at 10 am.

Over 150 participants inclusive of BTVI staff, faculty, students, graduands and community participants travelled along the scenic Cable Beach strip, beginning at Goodman’s Bay to Sandals Royal Bahamian Beach Resort and back. Along the route were hidden ‘Blues Clues’ items along with graduation regalia for graduands to collect and water stations.

Following the Fun Run Walk – spearheaded by the Fund Development department - were free health screenings by Sandilands Rehabilitation Center, including blood pressure and cholesterol checks, in addition to health talks and lots of prizes. Participants also got free chair massages, courtesy of BTVI massage students.

The event not only focused on physical health, but mental health as well. Representatives from Sandilands Rehabilitation Center Occupational Therapy department were present distributing information about mental health awareness. BTVI students recently participated in the center’s Occupational Therapy Month speech competition, where its students took the top three spots in the community division.

Also supporting the event was reigning Miss World Bahamas, Brinique Gibson, whose participation was reflective of her campaign theme, 'Eat Wise. Exercise. Stay Alive.’ She was crowned again, this time as the Selfie Queen for taking the most photos with anything blue along the route.

BTVI thanks all its supporters for making this year’s ‘Tru Blue’ Fun Run Walk a success!

Photos: Joseph Wood

One of the first 200 persons to cross the finish line, David Prabhu, receiving a medal. David also won a trophy and a camera for having the largest ‘Tru Blue’ crew!

Valentina Leon was the first graduand to cross the finish line in a cap and gown!

A 2019 graduand crossing the finish line during the event, dressed in graduation regalia.

Over 50 2019 graduands participated in this year’s Fun Run Walk.

A participant shows off his medal for being one of the first 200 people to cross the finish line.

BTVI student, Kemel Mitchell, poses with his medal. Kemel was the winner of the community division of the recent Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre's Occupational Therapy Month speech contest.

BTVI Massage Therapy students volunteered by offering chair massages to participants.

A participant poses with her medal, supporting BTVI’s ‘Tru Blue’ Fun Run Walk.

‘Tru Blue’ graduands show off the regalia they collected on the route and their medals.

A participant receiving a free chair massage after the race.

2019 graduands take a selfie as they prepare to cross the stage at BTVI’s upcoming commencement ceremony.

BTVI Business team poses with Miss World Bahamas. Left to right: BTVI Chair of Office Systems and Administration, Kerima Smith; Reigning Miss World Bahamas, Brinique Gibson; BTVI instructor, Rhonda Adams; BTVI graduand, Takiya Rahming and BTVI instructor, Gia Gibson.

2019 graduand, Valentina Leon (l), receiving the President’s Prize of $100 for being the first female graduand to cross the finish line.

BTVI Chair of Office Systems and Administration, Kerima Smith (r) presenting Kendal Mortimer (l) with a trophy for being the youngest graduand participating in the event.

The ‘Truest Blue’ Graduand, Pasha Bethel (center) receiving a trophy and a wireless head piece! She is truly representing the BTVI blue in her tutu!

2019 graduand, Takiya Rahming (r), won for having the largest 'tru blue' crew of over 18 participants! She won a trophy and a tablet.

Crowned for a second time! Miss World Bahamas, Brinique Gibson (r) won a gift certificate to Dairy Queen for the Selfie Queen category.

BTVI’s Associate Vice President of Fund Development, Alicia Thompson (l) and assistant, Lori Tucker smiling after a successful event, headed by their department.

BTVI Chair of Office Systems and Administration, Kerima Smith accepts the departmental trophy for having the largest number of faculty participants.