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Great Fun, Excitement Anticipated At Go-Kart Races & Family Fun Day

The Rotary Club of Road Town is celebrating 24 years of service to the Virgin Islands and the wider world with the inaugural Go-Kart Derby and Family Fun Day set for the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), Paraquita Bay Campus on Saturday, January 31st.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with registration for the competitive go-kart races ending at noon. Entrance to the event is free, but a registration fee of $10 is required to enter the race competition.

Persons attending the event should access the college's parking area via the Agriculture Department road as the main entrance to the college will be closed to vehicle traffic to facilitate the safe use of the go-karts and other events.

Apart from the races, there will also be a separate section for casual go-kart drivers, inflated rides, video games, board games such as dominoes, a cricket and football competition, and plenty to eat and drink.

"The Rotary family in the Virgin Islands has a proud history of service to the Territory and specifically the Rotary Club of Road Town has been very fortunate that over the years we have been able to deliver wherever there is a need in the community," said club president, Mr. Shan Mohamed.

He further explained that the club felt that it was only fitting that they celebrate the club's anniversary with a wholesome event for the entire family. Mr. Mohamed noted the support for the event from community partners, including LIME BVI, HLSCC, Mourant Ozannes, Splash Zone and NAGICO Insurances.

"During our annual Kiddies Fiesta last year at the Old Recreation Grounds we had a number of persons who said that they enjoyed the event and asked us to stage more family-based events. As a club we felt it necessary to respond to this outpouring of requests as we have done in other instances where we have donated dialysis machines to the hospital, monetary contributions to the Family Support Network, annual health expos with free screenings to the community, repairs to homes for the elderly and other donations," Mr. Mohamed noted.


Special attention has been placed to ensure that the racing circuit is safe and drivers are equipped with the necessary safety gear. Additionally, as a precaution, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTS) will be on hand to provide assistance in case of emergency.

Drivers must be at least 10 years and satisfactorily able to reach the pedals. Younger drivers must be accompanied by an adult. Bumping is not allowed and drivers must follow the instructions of the officials at all times. Drivers not showing proper control will be removed immediately from track and in the case of emergency, persons must wait for assistance.

As it relates to the inflatable rides, there should be no shoes, food, jewelry, watches, and no jeans allowed in rides with slides.

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

Chartered in 1991, the Rotary Club of Road Town is part Rotary International that connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotarians impact lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit www.rotary.org.

Contact: Mr. Gordon French, Public Relations Director (541-3679)

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Farmers' Week Opens With Focus On Youth

Farmers' Week 2015 opened at Paraquita Bay Agricultural Station, Paraquita Bay with major focus on the youth.

This year''s Farmers’ Week has a premier focus on youth and youth involvement in agriculture as is captured in the theme, "Youth in Agriculture – a Must! Food Security and Cultural Sustainability – a Plus."


Mr. Bevin Braithwaite, Chief Agricultural Officer Department of Agriculture spoke to the importance of getting the youth involved in the industry. 

"This theme is meant to encourage our young generation in the agriculture process. In the recent past our celebrations have also been themed around youth and technology."


He told the gathering that they realized that agriculture today might not seem interesting and profitable enough to reach the life expectation of our youth.

"Moreover, national food security by itself cannot necessarily be their [youth] principle motivating factor to engage and if offered more profitable opportunities or if they were not given necessary resources and a real voice in the process, agriculture might not be an attractive option," he stated.

Braithwaite stated that information flow, communication techniques and other innovative techniques is vital in the evolution of agriculture to a sustainable profitable sector.


Premier Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith, Opposition Leader Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal and Hon. Dr. Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour all spoke to how vital it is to have the youth involved in the industry.

According to the ministry, farmers' week focuses on the talents of local farmers and highlights initiatives carried out by the Department of Agriculture. The week is celebrated with eight days of special events and activities including displays of produce, livestock and agricultural bi-products throughout the Territory.

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