U.S. Embassy donates “Run for the Coast” proceeds to Future Centre Trust

Group of people holding a giant check
Presenting the check on behalf of the Embassy was (from left to right) Bill Wommack, Regional Security Officer, and Ambassador Taglialatela, while Vivian-Anne Gittens, Tracey Edwards, and Katecia Thompson accepted the donation for the Future Centre Trust

Presenting the check on behalf of the Embassy was (from left to right) Bill Wommack, Regional Security Officer, and Ambassador Taglialatela, while Vivian-Anne Gittens, Tracey Edwards, and Katecia Thompson accepted the donation for the Future Centre Trust

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, has donated proceeds from its “Run for the Coast” fundraiser, which was held last month to commemorate International Coastal Cleanup Day, to the Future Centre Trust.

Ambassador Linda Taglialatela presented a check for BDS$3,707.50 to the Barbados-based non-governmental organization, which focuses on environmental preservation and education. “The Future Centre Trust is a longstanding partner of the U.S. Embassy,” said Ambassador Taglialatela. “We have worked with the Future Centre Trust on several education initiatives in the past, and are excited to continue our work with such a well-respected Barbadian environmental NGO. Worldwide, the U.S. Government is working to significantly reduce the amount of debris, particularly plastics, introduced into our marine environment. U.S. Embassy Bridgetown also has an ongoing commitment to assisting partner governments in the region in protecting and preserving their coastal and marine environments.”

The “Run for the Coast” was a 5K run/walk held by the U.S. Embassy on September 17 at Barclays Park. In addition to running, Embassy volunteers also picked up litter along the beach on the east coast of Barbados. These activities not only commemorated International Coastal Clean-up Day but also marked the 100th anniversary of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security; and celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations between Barbados and the United States.