Bermuda Pacers Track Club Head Coach, Cal Simons, today accepted a donation of $5,010 from eight-year old specialty consignment boutique Orange Bay Company. The funds will ensure that four deserving young track and field athletes will be able to compete on the international stage with spots in the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational Meet in Durham, North Carolina and the Flying Angels International Track Classic in Toronto, Ontario. Orange Bay Company’s donation covers the cost of air travel, ground transportation and meals for all four qualified Pacers members.
Orange Bay Company has a unique business model that incorporates a home goods, kids and apparel consignment operation with a well-defined social mission and an engaged community of consignors. The company, founded by husband and wife duo, Rudy and Delight Morris, is committed to sustainable consumption, upcycling, recycling and giving back to the community. The city-based operation regularly donates unsold goods to registered charities including the Red Cross’ Upstairs Closet and The St. George’s Foundation’s Second Hand Rose. Since the Company’s inception in 2009, they have also donated more than $88,000 in cash to local registered charities.
Orange Bay Company Founder and Chief Treasure Hunter, Delight Morris said, “From the very beginning, our community of consignors has been at the heart of everything we have done. Our mission has been to preserve quality furniture and clothing, and reduce waste while providing a well-curated shopping experience that drives sales of consignor’s merchandise. We see ourselves as partners with our consignors – their success is our success. Likewise, we see our role as community partners, integral to who we are at Orange Bay Company.”
Company spokesperson, Megan Ephraim continued, “In September of 2016, the company expanded to include Orange Bay Kids, a parent-friendly environment where shoppers and consignors can find maternity wear as well as furniture, books, toys and clothing for newborns to teens. We launched it with a fundraiser and silent auction for Feed My Lambs. Our new focus on young people was the motivation behind this year’s pick for the Annual Orange Bay Company Charity. Pacers has been one of the most iconic track and field incubators in Bermuda for decades. Their focus which extends beyond athletic prowess on the field, helps develop well-rounded young people with confidence, discipline and a sense of responsibility. On behalf of our community of consignors, we are delighted to be able to catapult these four junior athletes onto an international track and field platform through the work of Pacers.”
The Bermuda Pacers Track Club has been sending a contingent of Bermudian athletes to the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational Meet for over thirty years. With over eighty teams participating from the US, Canada and the world, it provides the perfect competitive environment for local athletes to test their mettle among a quality field of international competitors. The Flying Angels Track Meet in Ontario, Canada is another top meet for young athletes.
Cal Simons, Pacers Head Coach said of the donation, “We extend our gratitude to Orange Bay Company for their generosity. Our organisation has been developing character, discipline and talent on and off the field since 1981 and we’ve seen first-hand how athletics can transform the lives of our young people. That’s why this is so much more than running, jumping and throwing. These opportunities further our work in developing smart, self-aware, disciplined, participatory, members of our society. And we are grateful to Orange Bay Company, our young members, volunteers, and parents for their support. We look forward to a series of successful meets in Canada and the US this summer.”