Marathon helps young and sick

Cayman’s youth will benefit greatly from funds that have been donated to the Cayman Cadet Corps and the Cancer Society by the Cayman Islands Marathon.

The Cadets Corps and Cancer Society are the official beneficiaries of all of the proceeds from the Cayman Islands Marathon, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of December.

This past year, organizers were able to raise $3,730 for the Cadet Corps and $1,865 for the Cancer Society.

The cadets will be using their funds to make beautiful music as they decided to purchase trombones, saxophones, flutes and trumpets, to replace some of what was lost during Hurricane Ivan.

The instruments will be used to aid the development of the Band Detachment, a fulltime programme where the participating cadets will concentrate solely on music.

They will also have the opportunity to undertake a BTEC Diploma in Music.

A portion of the funds was also used to host visiting cadets as part of the Army Cadet Exchange Programme.

‘As beneficiaries of the Cayman Islands Marathon proceeds from its inception, we are extremely pleased to accept this donation,’ said Cadet Corps Commandant Bobeth O’Garro, incidentally the very first female commandant in the region.

‘We are proud to be a part of this great event, and it is exciting to watch it grow from strength to strength each year.

‘We look forward to a continued, mutually beneficial partnership with the Cayman Islands Marathon.’

The Cancer Society will be using its funds to launch a new campaign in the schools which will promote the importance of, and the need for more shaded areas on school campuses.

‘We will be lobbying the schools in Cayman to provide more shade for our children, and also educating the students on the importance of protecting themselves from excessive sun exposure,’ explained Christine Sanders, Chief Operating Officer of the Cancer Society.

‘The funding from the marathon will give this programme a great start when we initiate it in September, and we are grateful for the support.’

The 2008 Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon, 4-person relay and Kids Fun Run takes place on Sunday, 7 December.

Registration is open online and organisers are impressed with the number of runners already registered, the majority from overseas.

‘We are so excited about the registrations that are already coming in on a daily basis, and our overseas runners who will be joining us,’ said Race Director Rhonda Kelly of Kelly Holding Ltd.

‘The amount of the donations we give to our charities is based on the amount of registrations received so the more runners we get, the more money we are able to give.

‘The cadets receive a more significant portion of the proceeds from the registrations as they are the main charity, the reason why the marathon was borne in the first place.

‘However, as the event continues to grow, which we fully anticipate based on what we saw with this last race, and the trend we are seeing now, both organisations will see considerable benefits to being a part of this event.

‘It also motivates the charities to find ways to help the event to grow as they take ownership of the race. We are looking forward to giving much more money to these groups this year.’

The Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by Digicel, Department of Tourism, Ministry of Education, Gatorade, Flowers Bottled Water, Corona Light, Cayman National, Atlantic Star Limited, Sagicor, Breezes By the Bay Restaurant, Cayman Free Press, Kirk Freeport, 106.1 KISS FM, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Island Companies, ESSO, BioFreeze/RVC Rehab Services, Quaker, Red Sail Sports, CUC, Royal Bank of Canada, Audi, Tropicana, RE/MAX Cayman Islands and The Final Touch.

Online race registration is open at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, and discounted prices are being offered to early registrants.

For more information email [email protected] or call Sue Greene on (345) 623.8822.

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