In July 2019, over 2,400 participants joined the Gildan Glow Dance event in Nicaragua, raising close to USD $30,000 for children with cancer. This was an evening event to benefit the Nicaraguan Commission for Childhood Cancer Assistance (CONANCA), an organization that has committed almost three decades towards helping children with cancer. CONANCA has also shared a community partnership with Gildan since 2009. At this event, employees from our San Marcos, Rivas, and Annic facilities brought their families to participate in Zumba dances and showed their charitable enthusiasm during an evening of dance.
The Gildan Glow Run is a 5k run event that is held at our manufacturing centres in Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, and it has become an anticipated event across our communities over the years, building value for the communities as well as heightened engagement amongst our employees. In 2019, our Gildan Glow Run events raised close to $130,000, which went towards supporting health and education programs in the communities where we operate.
Variety, the Children’s Charity offers assistance to children in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean who are ill or who have physical or mental disabilities, aiming to improve the medical care given to them as well as the quality of their lives overall.
In June, our team in Barbados participated in the organization’s annual Row for Charity fundraiser. Preparation for this race began months in advance, and committed employees regularly made their way to the beach in order to develop their rowing skills and build a stronger bond as a team. On the day of the event, over 30 employees brought their team spirits and paddled together towards the finish line.
Sponsored by Gildan, this scholarship is given to a Rockingham County high school senior that has played at least two sports during their junior and senior year, made all-conference twice during their junior and/or senior year, maintained a GPA of at least 3.5, and did not get expelled from an athletic contest during their junior or senior year. The award is presented during the Rockingham County Schools Athletic Champions Banquet.
Mollie Beeninga, a grade 12 student at Rockingham County High, was named the 2019 Gildan Scholar Athlete of the Year. Mollie is continuing her studies at UNC-Greensboro.
In Canada, a group of 18 volunteers from our Corporate Office in Montreal participated in the Centraide Cup, a two-day soccer tournament to raise funds for Centraide, which is an organization in Montreal whose mission is to help break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion. Gildan made a total contribution of CAD $17,500 for the tournament.
Our team in Barbados participated in the 2019 Gynathon, a fundraiser event for research and treatment of gynecological cancers. This 5k event raises funds which go towards assisting with the screening and treatment of gynecological cancers in Barbados. Close to 15 Gildan employees came out in support of this worthy cause, and the Company itself served as a platinum sponsor and contributed USD $20,000 to the Barbados Cancer Society.