Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands in association with Abacus, Deckers and Prime hosted the first ‘Send a Kid to Camp Miniature Golf Tournament’ recently.
Held at the Deckers miniature golf course on West Bay Road, the mission of the event was to raise money to cover camp registration fees and other expenses for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programme participants.
In total, residents and businesses donated a whopping CI$23,650 and all proceeds will go directly towards paying camp fees for the children.
This means that combined with discounts and waived registration fees from various local camps, 100 children will head to camp this summer.
The majority will attend Cayman Aquatics camp operated by Captain Kendra Stuck, who discounted camp fees by 50 per cent and took on some children free of charge to make the campaign a success.
Others will also attend camps by Ambassadors of the Environment, Boatswain’s Beach, the Cayman Islands National Trust, Fitness Connection, Premier Fun Soccer, the Department of Tourism and Black Pearl Surf and Skate Park.
Neil Bryington and Markus Mueri, who are the owners of Abacus, Prime and Deckers, brought a large number of sponsors on board and said they were very enthused about hosting the event.
‘We love to support this wonderful organisation, because its contribution to the community and to Cayman’s future is such a tremendous one,’ said Mr. Mueri.
Both men also provided the golf course, equipment, refreshments and trophies at no cost to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Almost 40 children attended the mini-golf tournament and played a round with their big brothers or sisters, family members and sponsors.
BBBS Chairwoman Margaret Ramsey Hale, who greatly appreciated the community response said, ‘On behalf of the children, who stand to enjoy their summer break so much more this year, I extend our sincere gratitude to every single sponsor who helped us reach our goal.’
Major sponsors for the event were Camana Bay, Kirk’s Supermarket, Michael Alberga and Red Sail Sports.
Other sponsors included a list of local business and individuals.
Caption1: Captain Kendra Stuck (centre) of Cayman Aquatics looks on as a participant tries to sink a ball.
Caption2: BBBS Board Members with sponsors and all the children that took part.
Caption3: Major contributors Marcus Mueri (standing centre) and Kendra Stuck (2nd form right)BBBS Board Members.