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CIU gives Gold Level support to Team Antigua Island Girls

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (July 31, 2018) – The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) is a Gold Sponsor of Team Antigua Island Girls, the 2018 representatives in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

The USD $50,000.00 donation ensures that the team will be able to cover its operational expenses.

We began preparing for our historic campaign faithful that our community would rise to the financial challenge just as we will rise to the physical and mental challenges in rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, and we are overjoyed by the CIUs contribution, which secures our participation,said crewmember Christal Clashing.

We will sustain our fundraising momentum for the benefit of our charity, Cottage of Hope,Clashing added.

CIU Chief Executive Officer Charmaine Donovan said the CIU celebrates the adventurous and fearless spirit of Team Antigua Island Girls.

“Antigua and Barbuda was so exceptionally represented by the 2015 and 2017 teams that the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) was compelled to support Team Antigua Island Girls in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. We are in awe of these bold and courageous young women, our most recently minted ambassadors, who carry the hopes of our twin island nation on this journey. They embody all that it is to be Antiguan and Barbudan. We are a country of people who audaciously step on to the global stage, committed every time to leave an indelible mark, size notwithstanding. Team Antigua Island Girls continues that tradition. The CIU is pleased to be able to support this epic undertaking and joins proud nationals everywhere who are cheering on this historic team.”

Elvira Bell, Christal Clashing, Samara Emmanuel, Kevinia Francis and Junella King comprise Team Antigua Island Girls. The team will be the first all-woman team from the Caribbean competing in the event dubbed The World’s Toughest Row and the first all- Black team to row across the Atlantic. Island Girls will be the third team to represent Antigua and Barbuda.

This year s edition of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the premier event in ocean rowing, is scheduled to begin on December 12. The starting line is in San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands and finish line is in picturesque Nelson s Dockyard, Antigua.

Team Antigua Island Girls aims to better the women s record, which is 34 days.

Teams entering the challenge must support a cause, and Team Antigua Island Girls will row to support Cottage of Hope, a group home for orphaned and abused girls.

The team s preparation includes rows up and down the coast of Antigua, a journey at world record pace to St. Kitts and a circumnavigation of Antigua during a recent five-day session. The team is also hard at work in the gym, and on the mental aspects, with meditation classes.