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Bec To 'Absorb' Carifta Power Costs

By RENALDO DORSETT

Sports Reporter

rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

CORPORATE Bahamas continues to patronise the 2013 BTC Carifta Games with a major utility corporation coming on board just days before the games begin.

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Leslie Miller

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation has agreed to absorb the electricity cost of the entire four-day event March 29 to April 1 at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium.

BEC executive chairman Leslie Miller said the corporation saw it as an opportunity to assist the Carifta local organising committee and Team Bahamas.

“The Bahamas Electricity Corporation joined with several major entities throughout the country to assist in hosting the major junior track and field meet. Hosting an event of this magnitude will cost the country several hundred thousand dollars. A major contributor to the overall price tag of the event is the cost of electricity to the multi-million dollar Thomas A Robinson stadium,” he said.

“The electricity cost for the three-day event is expected to be in the neighbourhood of sixty thousand dollars ($60,000). BEC has agreed to absorb the entire cost of electricity consumed at the stadium during this time. BEC fully endorses the work of the Carifta LOC (local organising committee) and has pledged its commitment to assisting with the smooth operations of the games.”

The local organising committee has set a budget of $1.2 million to cover the expenses of hosting the games.

“The corporation continues to be a major corporate steward, partnering with and sponsoring many local non-profit organisations, including the sporting community, in its effort to give back to the Bahamian community,” Miller said, “We must do all that we can to promote the success of events like this one that foster the development of youth in the Bahamas and go a long way to boosting this country’s tourism product regionally and internationally.

“The consumption of electricity should never be a hindrance to success of any event that is meant for the Bahamian people. We have a social responsibility to the people of the Bahamas and we must continue to give back in tangible ways to the community. BEC continues to be a sponsor to many events and organisations.”

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