The four local charities to benefit from the proceeds of the next AXA End-to-End event in 2020 were announced this week.

Organisers say the Bermuda Zoological Society, Vision Bermuda, the Garden Club of Bermuda and the Family Centre made the final cut from dozens of applications.

Anne Mello, the AXA End-to-End chairwoman, said: “We were overwhelmed with applications and every one of them, in some way, was deserving of support so this was not an easy decision to take.

“However, we felt that the four charities we selected represented a very good cross section of the charitable sector and each, in their own way, do a tremendous amount for Bermuda and its people.”

The Garden Club of Bermuda added cash from the event would go towards its Skills Development Programme, which helps young Bermudians interested in horticulture.

Cindy Young and Anna Fulton, co-chairwomen of the development programme, said the money would help pay stipends for the trainees and provide cooked lunches for them three days a week during the six to seven month programme, along with further education and counselling.

Lynda Johnson, the BZS development officer, added the End-to-End funds would be used for the charity’s schools programme.

Ms Johnson said:”“It provides Bermudian examples of experiential learning that students can absorb and relate to while also gaining an awareness of important issues facing their island home.

“To remain free of charge, funding from the community is vital for the continuation of the schools programme and ensures availability to all students.”

Vision Bermuda, once the Bermuda Society for the Blind, will use its donation to fund its regular work to help those who are blind or have a vision impairment.

Theresa Hall of Vision Bermuda said: “Experiencing vision loss is emotionally devastating.

“We believe no one should have to face sight loss without support and help to learn how to manage those everyday tasks and maintain their dignity through independence and we are the only organisation in Bermuda to provide a full range of specialist services supporting people of any age with low or no vision.”

The Family Centre will use the funds to help strengthen families through improved family communication and to teach problem solving skills to create better home environments.

Sandy DeSilva, the Family Centre director of services, said: “Family Centre believes in the same principles as the AXA End-to-End.

“We too believe that families can be resilient when they have the support and inspiration to work through their challenges.

“We too believe that resilient families are the foundation of a strong, healthy community, hence Family Centre’s mission is to strengthen families to create a healthier Bermuda for our children.”

The AXA End-to-End will be held on May 2 next year. Registration details will be announced soon.