Digging for gold

A fundraising family fun event, Dig for Gold, saw hundreds gather in-front of beach bar Calico Jacks on Saturday.

The event, which according to organisers raised close to $1,000 for the Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund, saw participants dig for buried coins in the sand to win a vast array of prizes.

‘It really was a great event,’ Todd Paidel, Calico Jacks manager said. ‘We had a lot people come out and support us.’

The event saw people buy time to frantically dig in a choice of 10, 10 foot by 10 foot plots. Each plot had up to 30 buried coins. Every coin had a number written on it which corresponded to a prize, from free drinks at Calico Jacks to flat screen TVs and gift vouchers.

Originally the beach bar had planned to give participants shovels to dig with; however Mr. Paidel said that in the end they let people dig with their hands.

‘It was great fun. Sand was flying everywhere,’ he said.

Mr. Paidel said that many of the coins were found, buried to a maximum depth of about two feet, however that some prizes still remain unclaimed as the coins were not retrieved.

The manager said that these prizes would be stored by Cayman Distributors and would be used in Calico Jack’s forthcoming Sandcastle event, planned for next month.

The family orientated event also included a beach barbeque with tasty ribs, chicken and corn for sale.