Hollywood actor with Caribbean roots backs fundraising for Grenadian children


ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – Canadian actor Brandon Jay McLaren has thrown his full support behind a reachwithin.org crowdfunding campaign, A Run For Grenada, which is raising funds to support children living in care homes across the island.

McLaren, whose father is from the Caribbean island of Grenada and mother is from Trinidad, was so enthused by the A Run For Grenada pre-campaign promotion he chose to do more than just donate. He is now a proud member of a team that will run over 20 miles, from the Islands capital St George’s to the town of Sauteurs, on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

“The older I get the more important Grenada is to me,” says McLaren, who plays Dale Jakes in USA Network hit show ‘Graceland’.

“My grandmother passed last year, and going back to Grenada for the service really had an impact. Knowing where you come from, history, lineage, tradition; these are all themes that have been central to the human experience for centuries and, for me, Grenada is at the center of those themes.”

“The campaign, A Run For Grenada, ticks three boxes for me. I love to give back, I love to run and I love Grenada. I back this campaign because children are our future and they deserve the best start in life. At first I was going to just donate but then I decided to do a bit more. Before I knew it, and after a quick exchange with the campaign organisers, I had booked my flight to Grenada and now here I am training for a marathon run in the Caribbean. I will push my body over that finish line and when I do cross it, it will be a wonderful feeling.”

Dr. Karen Lawson, founder of reachwithin.org said she was thrilled and humbled that McLaren would take time out of his busy schedule to support and take part in our campaign.

“It’s great when Grenadians in the diaspora, and those with Grenadian roots, give back to the island although Brandon is doing so much more. Our dream is for A Run For Grenada to become an established, annual event and with Brandon’s support maybe it can happen,” she said.

The run is in its first official year and will see McLaren, who was also in the movie, ‘She’s The Man’, running alongside 10 locals including Dennis Mason who was raised in residential care and initiated A Run For Grenada.

Mason, McLaren and the rest of the team are in training for their run which will take them up steep hills and down deep valleys in the scorching sun and possible driving rain in just a few short weeks.

Timely updates for #ArunForGrenada, can be found on the campaign page and social media.

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