Friday, August 1 – The Territory’s athletes who competed in the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland were recognised during the BVI London Office’s annual Territory Day Reception and Art and Culture Show which also raised $26,000 in pledges for diabetes at the Silent Auction.

This year’s reception which was held on July 17, attracted more than 100 guests which included stakeholders from the tourism and financial services industries, and members of the diplomatic community who viewed the art work of local artists on exhibition at BVI London House. .

Commenting on the success of the event, Deputy Director of the BVI London Office, Mr. Benito Wheatley stated, “We are pleased that so many people came out to support our athletes and, at the same time, support a good cause. We are grateful to all the prize donors for their generosity, and those persons who bid on and purchased prizes.”

On hand for the occasion were members of Team BVI which included Chef de Mission Mr. Mark Chapman, Swimmer Ms. Amarah Phillip, Swimmer Ms. Elinah Phillip and Squash Player Mr. Joe Chapman.

In remarks during a brief ceremony, Chef de Mission, Mr. Mark Chapman noted that it was a privilege for the Virgin Islands to have participated in the Commonwealth games and that the athletes were ready for the competition.

Virgin Islands’ competitive swimmer Ms. Amarah Philip said, “I was excited and proud to have represented the Territory in swimming.”

The ceremony was followed by a Silent Auction where guests bid on a range of prizes donated by Necker Island, Peter Island, Leverick Bay Hotel and Vacation Villas, Sugar Mill Beach Resort, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Scrub Island, Biras Creek, St. James’ Club, the Verandah Resort & Spa, Los Establos Boutique Inn, Dive BVI, Sunsail, JW Steakhouse, Stella and Dot and the BVI Olympic Committee.

Proceeds raised will support the BVI Diabetes Association which promotes diabetes prevention and care.

Territory Day is celebrated annually on 1 July to commemorate the Virgin Islands’ change of status on 1July 1956 to a colony under Britain in its own right. In 2014, the day was celebrated at BVI House on 17 July to coincide with the pre-activities of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.