Updated: April 21, 2022 1:59 PM
Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Charles Jeffers II speaks at the launch of the Endeavor SailGP Inspire fundraiser (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
A $40,000 fundraising campaign was launched today to help prepare young people for a career in the marine industry.
Sailing charity Endeavor has partnered with international yacht race SailGP for the second annual Endeavor x SailGP Inspire fundraiser.
The money will be used to support young Bermudians who have completed Endeavour’s Maritime Career Springboard program, which offers teenagers and young adults a seven-week training course to prepare them for a career in the maritime industry and gain a work experience through the SailGP Inspire Careers program. at international events during SailGP Season 3.
Minister for Youth, Culture and Sport, Ernest Peets, said: “I have learned over the years that our children need more opportunities, and the link between sport and these types of opportunities is certainly what our children need today.
Ernest Peets, Minister for Youth, Culture and Sport (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Money raised through the Inspire fundraiser will be used to send students abroad for further education. Last year, the money raised was used to enroll young Bermudians in internships around the world.
Tom Miller, President of Endeavour, said: “We think this is a fabulous opportunity for our students to really see what’s out there and see all there is to the world of sailing.”
Schereene Outerbridge, Events Manager for SailGP Bermuda, added: “We are taking them on a career path – there are opportunities we can open up for them in the maritime industry.
“It’s not enough to limit people to being on a boat, building boats or being on the water – it extends to a number of different facets.”
She added: “We really want to emphasize that this doesn’t just benefit the people on the ground, it takes them around the world.”
Ms Outerbridge said around 300 young people will also be working with the ten sailing teams involved in SailGP throughout the next month to help them prepare for the May 14-15 race.
Schereene Outerbridge, Events Manager at SailGP, speaks at the launch of the Endeavor x SailGP Inspire fundraiser (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Charles Jeffers II, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said sailing was “an indelible part of Bermuda’s maritime heritage”.
He added: “Sailing belongs to Bermuda – black, white, young, old and people of all skill levels.
“Ongoing work with Endeavor and Inspire will level the playing field and broaden access for all potential Bermuda sailing fans.”
Those wishing to donate to the Endeavor x SailGP Inspire fundraiser can do so here.
Endeavor President Tom Miller speaks at the launch of the Endeavor x SailGP Inspire fundraiser (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Cristian Roque, a graduate of Endeavour’s Springboard Maritime Careers program, speaks at the launch of the Endeavor x SailGP Inspire fundraiser (Photograph by Akil Simmons)