The 35th Annual End-to-End Continues to Give Back to The Railway Trail
Published: April 18th, 2022,
Charity walkers making the long trek from east to west during the annual Convex End-to-End have always spent a good deal of time on the Railway Trail. The association between one of the island’s most popular fundraisers and its most-utilised national park is strong and long-established.
It is fitting then, that in the year of the 35th End-to-End, some of the money raised will be invested in three nature reserves on the route and accessible from the Trail. These beauty spots — the Rebecca Middleton, Sherwin and Gilbert nature reserves – are owned and maintained by the Bermuda National Trust (BNT).
The End-to-End has raised about $6.1 million for local charities, since the inaugural event in 1988. The target $50,000-plus donation for the reserves will mark the fourth time the event has funded Trail-related projects.
The BNT oversees 13 nature reserves and 277 acres, “a responsibility we don’t take lightly”, said BNT conservation officer Myles Darrell. “It takes a lot of time and money to make this possible, so we’re thankful we have sponsors like the Convex End-to-End,” he added. “This support will allow us to take on some issues that need to be addressed at the three nature reserves.
“We’ll be excited to remove some invasive species, inject more of our endemic species to make our green spaces more sustainable, and at the same time, make them more available for use. By having benches available at the Gilbert Nature Reserve, for example, walkers passing through can make good use of the space.”
Darrell added that the Railway Trail, which as a national park is overseen by the Parks Department, plays a key role in conservation and is sometimes referred to as an “Emerald Necklace”, because it connects a string of beautiful green spaces.
As a board member of Buy Back Bermuda, an organisation that purchases open spaces for conservation, Darrell said: “One of the key features we’re looking for is accessibility from the Railway Trail, because we know that is the conduit keeping our natural and open space – and, I would argue, our heritage – alive.”
He added: “It’s sad to think that our nature reserves are like living museums, where we’re seeing species that are not found anywhere else, in some cases. And Bermuda has quite a few of those, considering the size of our island.”
Stephen Davidson, who sits on the End-to-End’s Organising Committee, said the Trail’s great value to the community had only increased during the two years of the pandemic. “Bermuda is essentially suburban,” Davidson said. “The ability to get outside and away from roads is important. The Railway Trail is accessible to everyone.The End-to-End gets more people experiencing the Trail and we also want to help improve it – to give back to this linear park that is so much part of our event.
“The End-to-End gets more people experiencing the Trail and we also want to help improve it – to give back to this linear park that is so much part of our event.”
He added that there had been strong support over the years for putting more of the End-to-End route on the Trail, something that may become possible in future years after the bridge at Flatts is completed, opening up more of the North Shore part of the Trail to the event.
This year’s End-to-End, to take place on May 7, will feature a new title sponsor, Convex, the international re/insurance company. Corporate support is broad and substantial, with more than 50 local and international companies, including platinum sponsors Butterfield Bank and Deloitte, providing their backing.
Event costs are paid for by sponsors and entry fees, which enables every cent of the pledges raised by the walking, riding and swimming participants to go straight to the year’s selected charities. Along with the Railway Trail projects, the 2022 beneficiaries will be Transitional Community Services, which supports disenfranchised young men aged 18 to 34, as well as the Inter Agency Committee, which works with agencies serving children, families and the community with the aim of building social-sector capacity.
The End-to-End relies on hundreds of volunteers, of whom Davidson said: “You’ve got to have a sense of logistics and good humour to be involved!”
Support for the event runs deep in the community. As longtime supporter Davidson has seen the same families take part year after year. “People who were kids when I started out have grown up and are still involved,” he said. “There are not many places in the world you encounter that.”
Numbers this year are hard to predict. Davidson said: “In past years we’ve had as many as 3,000 – in the pandemic years it was in the hundreds. We hope there’s a sense in the community of waking up after the oppressiveness of Covid and that people will come out and enjoy Bermuda with us in support of these good causes.”
For more information about the Convex End-to-End, or to register, visit https://bermudaendtoend.bm .
Reception to Commemorate 35th ETE Event
On Friday April 29th the Bermuda End to End board hosted a reception to give away $1,000 each to 35 charities to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the ETE event.
End-to-End back with a buzz as electric car set to lead the way
Published March 3rd, 2022
The Convex End-to-End celebrated a return to normality at its launch for this year’s event last night.
Organisers gathered with sponsors at the Hamilton Princess Hotel to announce the 35th Annual Convex End-to-End would be held on May 7 after the event was blighted by two years of Covid-19 restrictions.
Mandy Shailer, the End-to-End safety officer, added that favourites such as cycling, paddleboarding and the Fun Walk would return.
She said: “We are good to go.”
Ms Shailer added an electric vehicle to lead the way when participants set off at 7am from St George would be a new feature this year.
Ashley Stockwell, the chief marketing officer of Convex Insurance, said the firm’s inaugural sponsorship of the massive charity event was “a marriage made in heaven”.
The three charities that will benefit from fundraising from the event are the Inter Agency Committee for Children, Families and the Community, Transitional Community Services and the Bermuda National Trust.
Weldon Wade, a new member of the End-to-End board, said they were“very influential and very needed charities”.
Anne Mello, chairwoman of the End-to-End Charitable Trust, said the IAC had taken the place of the Centre on Philanthropy, which closed at the end of 2019, as the umbrella body for Bermuda’s charity sector.
Transitional Community Services is dedicated to the welfare of men aged 18 to 34.
The BNT, which looks after reserves next to the Railway Trail, which is used used for the End-to-End, will highlight its properties along the route to the West End.
Charles Jeffers II, the chief executive of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, welcomed the End-to-End’s “return to full fledged glory”.
Mr Jeffers said: “I want more visitors to experience this. I tell people all the time, when you come to Bermuda you need to experience Bermuda from the water and by walking – you see a completely different Bermuda.”
The Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust partners with Convex
Hamilton, Bermuda, 27 January 2022
The Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust (“ETE”) today announces its partnership with Convex Group Limited (“Convex”), the international specialty insurer and reinsurer. Convex will become ETE’s new title sponsor for the upcoming 2022 charitable event, now titled Convex End-to-End.
Marking the 35th anniversary of Bermuda’s most successful fundraising event, Convex End-to-End will take place on Saturday, May 7th. A full event is planned and will commence at St. Georges at 7am for walkers and 9am for cyclists. The Middle-to-End cycle starts at 8:30am from the Botanical Garden with the Middle-to-End walkers leaving at 10am. The Fun Walk starts at 2pm from Beacon Hill Road at the Railway Trail. The Finish Line is in front of the Clocktower Mall in the Royal Naval Dockyard.
Anne Mello, chair of the Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust stated: “We are more than delighted to welcome our new event title sponsor, Convex. Their thoughtful and enthusiastic interest is just what we need for the next three years. We are excited about our 35th anniversary and the return of a full event complete with a start, a finish and festivities along the route.
“Operating since 1987, ETE has a deep understanding of local concerns and the organizations who work to effect needed change. We exceeded over six million dollars in giving to Bermuda’s not-for-profit community last year. This year, through the vitality of both the Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust and Convex, we hope to attract an even larger number of participants to join us on event day.”
Stephen Catlin, chairman and chief executive of Convex said: “It is a tremendous privilege to contribute to and support this island-wide event as title sponsors, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Bermuda End-to End Charitable Trust, who for the past 35 years have organised a truly extraordinary and enjoyable fundraising event. The Convex End-to-End is a great occasion for the whole island to come together and raise essential funds for local charities, and allows us to demonstrate Convex’s enduring commitment to Bermuda, its causes and the wider community.”
Commemorating 35 years of its use, the Convex End-to-End will feature a project to enhance the Railway Trail. It will mark the third time that Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust will have donated to the trail. Past contributions included a major project in which the ETE brought the well-known Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to Bermuda to conduct public consultations with the Bermuda Parks Department on possibilities for the evolution of the Railway Trail as a linear park linking parts of Bermuda. This input helped form the Government’s ongoing management plans for the trail. In previous years, the ETE assisted in providing new signs along the trail both for distance markers and points of interest. Finally, the ETE provided upgraded benches along popular segments of the trail.
Convex Group is an international specialty insurer and reinsurer focused on complex specialty risks across a diverse range of business lines. The company brings together best in class talent, a diversity of thought and the freedom and independence of a strong balance sheet to create a fresh approach to business. The Group’s ambition is to offer something different to its clients and to engage with them in a true partnership based on fairness, dignity and respect.
Convex was founded by Stephen Catlin and Paul Brand and operates out of London and Bermuda. The company has an “A-“ (Excellent) A.M. Best rating and an “A-“ with stable outlook S&P rating.
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