Clarien Bank Limited (“Clarien”, “the Bank”) is pleased to announce that it has made a $5,000 donation to The Flora Fund (“the Fund”) established by Bermuda’s world champion triathlete Flora Duffy to help aspiring and talented local athletes reach their goals.
The donation was presented by Michael DeCouto, Clarien’s Chief Digital & Marketing Officer, to Flora’s father Charlie Duffy during the awards ceremony at Saturday’s 30th annual Clarien Iron Kids triathlon – the event where Flora first began her competitive career more than 20 years ago.
Flora is presently off island training for her next major race, the World Triathlon Series Hamburg in Germany on July 14 and said in a statement: “The Iron Kids triathlon is where I did my very first triathlon. I think I was seven years-old! It is wonderful that the race has continued to be held every year, and the fact that this year’s event had a record 300 kids entered, is simply amazing. I wish I could have been there to witness it in person.”
She said: “I’d like to thank Clarien Bank for sharing my passion for triathlon, and the positive impact sport has on the youth of Bermuda. I’m humbled by the donation to The Flora Fund and pledge to direct the funds to deserving talent later this year.”
Iron Kids helped launch a career that has seen Flora Duffy reach the pinnacle of her sport and become the most internationally-successful athlete in Bermuda’s history. She was the ITU World Triathlon Series World Champion in 2016 and 2017, ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion in 2015 and 2015, and a four-time winner (2014-2017) of the XTERRA World Championships. In April she became the first Bermudian female athlete – and only the second Bermudian ever - to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and she was awarded an OBE earlier this month for her services to sport in Bermuda.
Injury has hindered her defence of her ITU world title this season but she remains fourth in the overall standings after runaway victories in Bermuda and Yokohama, Japan.
Michael DeCouto commented: “Clarien is honored to make this donation to The Flora Fund. Flora has been an inspiration to everyone in Bermuda, not just for her spectacular world-class athletic achievements but for her humility and humanity off the race course. Those qualities are epitomized by the Flora Fund and her willingness to give back to the community.
“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Clarien Iron Kids and its continued success as one of the Island’s leading youth sports events. Flora has shown what can be achieved with determination and hard work and we look forward to more of our Iron Kids following in her illustrious footsteps.”
Contributions to The Flora Fund can be made online through the Bermuda Community Foundation’s donation page or offline by completing a Gift Intention Form. For more details contact the Bermuda Community Foundation at 294-4959.