Today’s Editorial June 16: Sign up for sea swim

There’s a major swim event slated for tomorrow.

And if enough people don’t show up to participate, this could be the final year for the annual swim/walk/fundraiser.

The Flowers Sea Swim is in its 14th year.

Businessman Frank Flowers of Flowers Block Factory and Flowers Bottled Water fame founded the event out of health reasons.

He was tipping the scale at 290 pounds, suffering from asthma and his doctor told him his time would be up on Earth if he didn’t make some big changes in his lifestyle.

He chose running as a way to shed the weight, but his knees paid a dear price for that decision.

So he looked to the sea and found his answer – swimming. Only thing is, at age 30 and despite seeing the sea all his life, he had never learned to swim.

But learn he did and even won a trophy in his first sea swim.

Mr. Flowers plans to be at tomorrow’s sea swim and hopefully there will be 500 other people there with him.

The one-mile swim along Seven Mile Beach starts at the beach adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

And the good news is you don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer to finish the swim. Novices and dog paddlers are welcomed. Those who don’t want to swim can register to walk the one mile course on the beach.

This race is so important each year because the money raised through registrations and donations goes to very worthy charitable causes.

This year cash collected will be given to the Cayman Islands chapter of Habitat for Humanity, specifically focusing on the building of a new house for a single mom of two in West Bay.

Every penny raised through the swim goes to the fund.

In addition to that, Flowers Block Factory has already agreed to donate every concrete block that will be needed to build the house.

Mr. Flowers took a negative situation in his personal life and turned it into something positive, which each year benefits people in need.

But for the swim to continue it needs participants and if enough people don’t turn out Saturday, the swim will become history.

That would be a shame.

The least we can do is sign up and participate, or send in a donation.

If you can swim or walk tomorrow, register today. There won’t be any registrations on race day. The process can be done online or any time at the Flowers Block office (Industrial Park).

Last-chance registration will be today at the Brasserie (Cricket Square) from noon-2pm and at the Courtyard Marriott (Seven Mile Beach) from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

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