RBC SLT Community Challenge Smashes 100,000km Target

Mind Jersey will receive a £40,000 donation from RBC after the Island rallied together to record an astonishing 106,652km of activity for the RBC SLT Community Challenge.

Islanders of all ages from schools, clubs and businesses came together to swim, bike, run and walk their way to the ambitious goal set by RBC, keeping alive the spirit of SLT, which was unable to go ahead this year.

After the original target of 20,000km was smashed in the first week of the 20 day challenge, RBC upped the ante by pledging to double their £20,000 donation if islanders were able to register a collective 100,000km. Thanks to the community coming together this was achieved.

The end of this virtual challenge marks what would have been the fourth holding of RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey; hosting elite athletes participating in the Super League Triathlon and engaging the Jersey community through RBC Race for the Kids, all whilst supporting the important work Mind Jersey’s Youth Minds Group does for young people on the island.

Super League Triathlon CEO, Michael D’hulst, said: “The RBC SLT Community Challenge has been a remarkable collective effort. While we were obviously disappointed not to be in Jersey holding our event this year, the way people have been inspired to work together as a community, and the resulting donation to Mind Jersey from RBC, has delivered a massive positive in a difficult year.

“I would like to thank RBC and all of our partners who have backed this event and made it possible, and especially the people of Jersey who have again shown their commitment and dedication to health and wellbeing and supporting each other as a community.”

Dr. Patricia Tumelty, Executive Director of Mind Jersey, said: “This ambitious endeavor will have a huge impact on so many children and young people in Jersey whose lives have been severely disrupted in so many different ways as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are very grateful to RBC and SLT for their support and the incredible efforts of the Jersey community in working so hard to secure this donation.”

David Bailey, Chief Operating Officer, RBC said: “The past three weeks have been an extraordinary demonstration of our community coming together to support Mind Jersey. The work the charity does on the island is invaluable to so many and I am beyond proud of the dedication from everyone who took part.

“As this fantastic initiative draws to a close, I am thrilled to announce that the RBC Race for the Kids is going virtual this year in Jersey and around the world on 17-18 October. With the aim of being the largest global virtual race in history, I have no doubt that islanders will once again lace up their trainers and raise more vital funds for Mind Jersey. For information and to sign-up, please visit www.rbcraceforthekids.com.”

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