News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, announced it has donated $10,000 to The Flora Fund to help aspiring Bermudian athletes achieve excellence in sport.

Bacardi has had a long history of supporting sporting events in Bermuda, having hosted the Bacardi 8k for 12 years, in which Flora has participated, and as a sponsor of the 2018, 2019 and 2021 ITU World Triathlon Series. This donation will be another way for the company to continue to support the local community of athletes striving to achieve their full potential.

Doug Mello, Managing Director of Bacardi International Limited, said: “Bacardi has been a family-owned company for seven generations and has nearly 160 years of history. We understand the importance of building a legacy and establishing foundations that will serve as the bedrock for those that come after us.

“We are proud of Flora’s achievements as Bermuda’s first Olympic Gold Medalist and equally proud that she has established a fund that aims to enable aspiring youth to achieve excellence in sport. These funds are for the next generation, and we hope that it will help others to achieve greatness and continue to build on the legacy Flora has started.”

Flora and her husband did a ride-by stop at the Bacardi Global Headquarters on Pitts Bay Road, where they were greeted by staff and were presented with the donation. Following remarks from Managing Director Douglas Mello, a cheers to Flora resounded across the grounds as they toasted with Bacardi’s specially created Flora Gold cocktail.

Mr Mello said: “We are hopeful that the World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships will be rescheduled next year where Bacardi plans to have a strong showing of support. We are excited to watch Flora dominate the competition again and hope that other young local athletes are inspired by her achievements and will benefit from her success.”

Contributions to the Flora Fund can be made online through the Bermuda Community Foundation’s donation page or by completing a gift intention form.

More details are available from the Bermuda Community Foundation at 294-4959.