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Sporting fundraiser in memory of Saul

  • Former premier David Saul (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A five-kilometre walk and run in memory of former premier David Saul will take place next month, with funds raised going to Family Centre.

Dr Saul’s family, including his widow, Christine, the couple’s two children and two of their grandchildren, will take part in the event on November 5, beginning at Fidelity International in Hamilton.

The keen athlete and businessman, who led the country between 1995 and 1997, died in May at the age of 77.

His daughter, Robin, told The Royal Gazette the event was organised by Fidelity, the investment company where her father served as Bermuda president from 1984 to 1995 and remained as a director until his death.

She said Fidelity employee Rose Powell, who knew Dr Saul well, had asked the Saul family whether the Fidelity Couples Race could be renamed the David Saul Memorial 5K.

Ms Saul said: “It didn’t take long for the family to decide this was a wonderful idea.

“We all agreed that it was fitting to remember the man who ran all his life, with a running race.

“David was inducted in to the Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his running success so this really is a perfect fit.

“I think David would love the idea of a running race held in his memory.

“All his family plan to participate. David’s two youngest grandchildren, Keane and Dash, will run the kids’ race.

“My husband, Will, and I also plan to run. And it is pretty unbelievable that my mother, Christine, 74, who just had a total hip replacement in July, plans to run.”

Ms Saul added: “My brother Jonathan is going to fly home from Canada to also participate. We will all be there, and I am sure David will also, in our hearts, memories and stories.

“The family is grateful to Fidelity for organising this event and remembering David in such a fitting way.”

Martha Dismont, executive director of Family Centre, said: “We are incredibly grateful for being chosen as the recipient of the funds raised for this memorial 5K walk.

“It is particularly gratifying for the Family Centre because of our immense respect for David Saul and his support of Family Centre during his previous role with government. He was one of Bermuda’s finest and most thoughtful citizens. We are very grateful to Fidelity International for choosing Family Centre. Funding will go to our counselling services, which is experiencing a significant shortfall this year.”

Allan Pelvang, head of Fidelity’s Bermuda office, described Dr Saul as a personal friend to many at the company.

He said: “He is greatly missed and it was obvious to rename the race in his honour. We are hopeful that a lot of people will participate and help make it a great occasion in memory of a great Bermudian — and of course in support of the Family Centre.”

The children’s 1K race starts at 8.30am and the 5K run and walk starts at 9am. Registration for the event is at www.racedayworld.com.