Run boosts the needy

The phenomenal success of the 2008 Cayman Islands Marathon has resulted in some much appreciated funding for several worthy organisations on the island.

The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the 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.

The 2008 race netted $2,500 for the Cadets and $1,250 for the Cancer Society.

In addition, a few runners made their participation in the marathon more meaningful by raising funds for other organisations in the community that rely on the benevolence of the public.

Marit Hudson, an associate at Appleby, raised US$525 for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre as a result of her competing in the half-marathon while marathoner Jasper Mikkelsen, who is well known on the local circuit, helped raise money for the Kids Adventures Pre-School.

‘The amount of the donations we give to the Cadets and the Cancer Society is based on the amount of registrations received so the more runners we get, the more money we are able to give,’ explained Rhonda Kelly, Race Director.

‘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, 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 Cadets will be using its funds to purchase equipment and provide training while the Cancer Society’s medical funding programme will benefit from the monies received from the marathon.

‘The proceeds that we have received from the Cayman Marathon will allow us to purchase the additional equipment that is required for our Cadets’ adventure training and also help us provide training for our adult volunteers to ensure that they are fully equipped to work with our young people,’ said Bobeth O’Garro, Cadet Corps Commandant.

‘Our staff, Cadets and parents thoroughly enjoy being a part of this great event which is growing from strength to strength and we are grateful each year for the funds and the support which we receive from the community as a result of their participation in the race.’

‘The Cancer Society’s medical funding programme assists cancer patients with any financial needs they may have pertaining to their treatment as it can become quite costly,’ explained Christine Sanders, Chief Operating Officer.

‘The funds we have received can definitely help our patients with such things as travel, accommodation and even payment for treatments and other medical services. We love being a part of this great event, and we are looking forward to serving our cancer patients better using these proceeds.’

The 2009 Cayman Marathon, Half Marathon, 4-person relay and Kids Fun Run is on Sunday 6 December.

Registration is open online at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com.

The Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by Department of Tourism, Ministry of Education, Gatorade, Flowers Bottled Water, Corona Light, Digicel, Cayman National, 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, CUC, Volkswagen, Tropicana, KPMG, GNC, 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 345.946.8822.

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