The Local Organising Committee for the 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Rugby Barbados World 7s (MERBW7s) is this year partnering with the Rotary Club of Barbados (South) and The Royal Shop of Barbados to host their second annual Gala Charity Event to assist the nation’s ‘at-risk’ youth through sport. The Gala will be held on Friday 7th December at the Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados, who are also offering special accommodation deals to MERBW7s fans, and Tournament organisers are calling on Barbadians to dig deep and contribute the minimum US$140/£100/Cdn$170/Bds$280 donation per person to support the event (less 10% for tables of 10).

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: TV presenter John Inverdale shares a joke before the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Italy at the Millennium stadium on March 10, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

International guest speaker, noted BBC Sports Broadcaster, John Inverdale is being flown in from the UK specially for the Gala Charity Event.

The evening includes cocktails, a three-course dinner and a charity auction featuring Rugby memorabilia and fine jewellery, including a Swiss timepiece from The Royal Shop; all up for sale to the highest bidder. The Dress Code is “Elegantly Casual”.

Proceeds will go towards helping Rotary to support the Stephen Alleyne Sport for Life Programme (also sponsored by the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust) which assists in educating our youth in life skills, literacy and numeracy, as well as sporting skills and leadership development. The programme is additionally endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, and the National Sports Council.


The organisers are delighted to welcome John Inverdale, the renowned British sports broadcaster whose distinguished career has seen him working for both the BBC and ITV, as our guest speaker for this occasion.

His career began on Radio where he has presented a host of international sporting events over the years, including the Summer Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, World Athletics Championships, London Marathon, Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Rugby Championship, FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon Tennis, Ryder Cup, Cheltenham Festival and The Grand National, to name just a few!

When he moved into television, John became even better known for hosting programmes such as Grandstand, Rugby Special and Today At Wimbledon. He even covered the Rugby World Cup and the French Open along the way and has also hosted the BBC’s Sports Personality Of The Year Awards.

John’s long and distinguished career in broadcasting – and inevitably making controversial statements from time to time – has placed him in an ideal position to address a sporting audience on his vision of what the future holds for us. We are honoured to have him as our Guest Speaker at this year’s Rugby Barbados Charity Dinner in aid of the Stephen Alleyne Sport for Life Programme and we look forward to his contribution to the evening’s proceedings.

Contact Brian Stollmeyer or George Nicholson to reserve your place.