Development Bank holds ‘Iron Walk’ for board, staff and guests
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis (DBSKN) family and their friends, led by Chairman Warren Thompson and Chief Executive Officer Lenworth Harris, ignored the early morning chill Saturday to take part in an energy-sapping “Iron Walk” from Frigate Bay to Major’s Bay in the picturesque southeast peninsula.
The walk started at 5:20 a.m. after the invocation of God’s blessings by Chief Compliance Officer Marian Browne, who is herself a lay preacher in the St. Kitts Circuit of the Methodist Church. It took dexterity for M.I.S. Manager Laurinston Matthew to beat into second place the pre-walk favourite, Sasha Liburd, a Nevis Branch employee on an overseas study engagement currently at home for the summer break.
Liburd was unchallenged and led for nearly three-quarters of the way, but was overtaken by Matthew at the junction of Kennedy Simmonds Highway and Mariner’s Call, after the entrance to Christophe Harbour, at 6:30 a.m. He arrived at Major’s Bay, Sea Bridge Terminal, at 6:54 a.m. However, he was not the first Iron Walk finisher, but rather the first Development Bank staffer to finish, as guest Vibert Wattley was the first to finish.
Kimberley Phipps, a regular guest who took part in past health walks organised by the Development Bank, arrived to the finish point at 7:30 a.m, followed by Business Support Officer Manasses Huggins, one minute later, finishing in the third position among the bank’s directors and staff.
Apart from Board of Directors Chairman Warren Thompson, the other director who took part in the walk was Dr. Dail Crawford. For the first time, walkers had an ambulance service as Sharon Warner-Balbosa from the St. Kitts Red Cross drove it up and down the course to ensure all was well with the walkers. She only got into action when one of the walkers pulled a thigh muscle and was treated at the junction of the road that branches off to Cockleshell Bay.
Arriving at 7:17 a.m., Chief Executive Officer Lenworth Harris went about congratulating those who had arrived before him and cheering on those who came after him, including Thompson. Harris told them to consider themselves as winners. The walkers were treated to a hearty, healthy, breakfast served by Flavours Restaurant.
All the walkers, with the exception of a few guest walkers, donned T-shirts with the banks’ logo printed on them and with the writing “Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis Iron Walk.” And upon finishing the walk, all those who participated were each given a T-shirt each, with the writing “Development Bank of St. Kits and Nevis, I have completed the Iron Walk,” which they proudly wore.
According to Human Resources Manager Danienne Brin, the walk was part of the bank’s post anniversary activities this year. The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis was established by an Act of Parliament NO. 1 of 1981 and opened its doors to the public on May 22 of the same year.
The next post anniversary event will be a Fun Day on the Frigate Bay pasture Saturday, July 7, where members of the board, staff, their families and friends will have an action-packed family day.