Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

International reality TV show host Phil Keoghan to visit Bermuda to shine a light on the island and multiple sclerosis

Phil Keogan, producer and host of CBS’s The Amazing RaceTM is bringing fans of the global reality TV phenomenon to Bermuda for the first annual Ultimate Bermuda
Experience on January 17, 2012. Five lucky couples have won a trip to Bermuda to compete in an adventure race across the island. Similar to The Amazing Race TV show, contestants will compete in challenges designed to showcase Bermuda and its unique culture. In addition, the experience will kick off with a spectacular fundraising gala with gourmet dinner and dancing under the stars on January 15, 2012 to benefit the MS Society of Bermuda, the official charity of the Ultimate Bermuda Experience.

The race will begin at Camden in the Botanical Gardens and will finish in Royal Naval Dockyard. Local residents are encouraged to cheer on the contestants at various spots along the race: 7am at Camden for the start, 8am at Albuoy’s Point Park for a challenge and 11am in Dockyard for the finish. Video segments of the race will be posted on several sites including CBS.com and The Amazing Race Facebook page.

“We are delighted to sponsor the Ultimate Bermuda Experience,” said Dudley Thomas, Director, The Ultimate Bermuda Experience Delivery Consortium. “The format of this experiential adventure will not only highlight the beautiful landscape, people and culture of Bermuda and introduce our tourism product to new consumers in North America but also raise awareness and funds for those in Bermuda suffering from multiple sclerosis. It represents a fantastic opportunity to introduce the Bermuda tourism product to new consumers.”

In keeping with the theme of exploring Bermuda’s culture, the Ultimate Bermuda Experience will be hosting a fundraising dinner on January 15 at 7pm in The Queen’s Exhibition Hall on Commissioner’s House Grounds in Dockyard, one of Bermuda’s most interesting historical quarters. Guests will be able to meet Phil Keoghan and hear about his worldwide adventures. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased from 27th Century Boutique and Elbow Beach Cycles. Ticket proceeds will go to the MS Society of Bermuda.

“This is a major fundraising initiative for the MS Society of Bermuda and we welcome donations from corporations and members of the public,” said Mr. Thomas, who is also Director-At-Large & VP Business Development of Elbow Beach Cycles, platinum sponsor of the Ultimate Bermuda Experience. “Individuals can call 292-5838 or email victoria@troncossi.bm.”

Mr. Keoghan, producer and host of the multi-award winning CBS series, The Amazing Race said:  “I have been a longtime supporter of the U.S. National Multiple Sclerosis Society and I am so happy to be coming to Bermuda to support the local chapter here. I am also thrilled to be visiting Bermuda to learn about and experience everything the island has to offer.”

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, sometimes disabling, disease that strikes the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord. People with MS can experience anything from cognitive difficulties, visual disturbances and memory loss to fatigue, muscle stiffness and weakness, pain in the arms and legs, and depression. While there is no cure and the condition is extremely difficult to diagnose, there are treatments available to manage the symptoms of MS and slow down its progression. The MS Society of Bermuda works with its members to help pay for the staggering costs of medications that can range anywhere from $1,300 to $5,000 a month.

“We are so grateful to the Ultimate Bermuda Experience and Phil Keoghan for raising awareness of MS and funds to help us provide MS sufferers on the island with much-needed assistance with their medical needs,” said President of MS Society of Bermuda, Carolyn Armstrong.

Other sponsors of the Ultimate Bermuda Experience include NOW Energy Bar, The Reefs Hotel & Club, The Que Agency, G.E.T. Limited, Hope4Life and Bermuda Ministry of National Security.

For more information, visit www.elbowbeachcycles.com/ultimatebermudaexperience.

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