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Trunk Island programme gets boost from RenRe

Royal Gazette
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Owain Johnston-Barnes
Published Nov 7, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 7, 2017 at 6:11 am)

Students from Harrington Sound Primary at the Trunk Island Living Classroom with
representatives from the Bermuda Zoological Society and RenaissanceRe
(photograph provided)

The Trunk Island Living Classroom has won a $250,000 boost from reinsurance firm RenaissanceRe.

Robert Qutub, chief financial officer at RenaissanceRe, said: “Science and innovation help to drive our business.

“They also lie at the heart of what the Trunk Island Living Classroom is all about.

“We believe it’s important to support causes that have a meaningful impact in the communities where we operate and that our employees are passionate about.”

The educational programme, organised by the Bermuda Zoological Society, offers young people the opportunity to explore and study Bermuda’s habitats. More than 8,000 students have taken part in the programme, with more than 60 per cent of them from public schools.

The RenaissanceRe donation will be used to improve the classroom building and Trunk Island-based programmes.

The money will also fund new scientific equipment and computers.

Colin Brown, president of the BZS, said: “We have received positive feedback from students and teachers alike that our programmes are enhancing the educational experiences of Bermuda’s students.

“The support of corporate partners like RenaissanceRe enables us to expand our programming to reach more students each year.”