The Honourable Dr Orlando Smith, Premier of the British Virgin Islands, accepts the first marker for the Tortola Commonwealth Walkway from The Chairman of The Outdoor Trust, Mr Hugo Vickers, accompanied by members of the Healthy Places, Healthy Spaces Committee in Road Town including Mr Daryl Penn, Department of Planning, Mrs Janice Braithwaite-Edwards, Road The City Manager, Ms Ivy George, Department of Health and Mr Ephraim Penn - BVI Commonwealth Games Association.
The Outdoor Trust has been delighted to spend the week on the British Virgin Islands as the guest of the City and friends at the BVI Commonwealth Games Association to help develop a Commonwealth Walkway in the Capital RoadTown.
Mr Ephraim Penn, President of the CBVI Commonwealth Games Association and Mr Cleave Farrington, their Project Coordinator have been excellent hosts and worked tirelessly to ensure all the relevant Ministers, Officials and community organisations were met and engaged in the development of the project.
The Week started with the support of His Excellency John Duncan, The Governor, who was quick to inform us of several Royal visits to Islands including Her Majesty The Queen in 1966 and in 1977. He kindly agreed that the informative museum, at Old Government House, could be added to the proposed route.
Road Town Government has been working on a 5km draft route for several months and it was presented at the cross departmental meeting of the Healthy Places Healthy Spaces team. The Trust immediately accepted the proposal and then spent several days meeting with different members of the team to agree the 15 points to be marked along the route and identify the potential to improve its walkability over time.
A particular highlight of the visit was the opportunity to present the Walkway initiative to St George's Primary School, Althea Scatliffe Primary School, Elmore Stoutt High School and the Cedar School sharing the Walkway idea with more than 2,000 extremely enthusiastic pupils!...
The Trust was fortunate enough to meet The Honourable Archibald Christian, Junior Minister for Tourism, Madame Rosalie Adams, The Deputy Governor and Ms Petrona N. Davies, The Permanent Secretary for Health who all gave their support to the initiative too.
The BVI Commonwealth Walkway even got the support of Erika Creque, Miss BVI, who helped promote the important message of everyday physical activity to some of the children as part of the Trust's talks in schools.
The final meeting was with Dr Orlando Smith, The Premier of the British Virgin Islands, who was pleased to hear about the unanimous support for the initiative and received the first marker from Outdoor Trust Chairman Hugo Vickers. It is hoped that the necessary funds cane raised and the BVI Commonwealth Walkway is completed by the beginning of July when The Queen's Baton Relay next comes to the Island.
For more information on the proposed route look at the BVI Walkway page here. Below are some images from our happy times on BVI too. Thank you everyone for embracing the project so positively.