The 2009 police recruit class demonstrated their community spirit by raising $5,400 to support young people, with a 26-mile sponsored walk on Sunday, 5 July.
Eighteen recruits and three trainers participated in the event which started in East End and followed the coastline to Seven Mile Beach, opposite the police Training Department in Governor’s Square.
Head of Training, Inspector Anthony White, was pleased with the dedication displayed by the recruits and the support given by members of the public. ‘I am proud of this recruit class for two reasons,’ he said. ‘The first is for displaying tenacity and camaraderie during the event and the second is for their devoted effort in raising funds for the youth of the Cayman Islands.’
Inspector White added that members of the community gave verbal support along route as well as contributed generously to the cause.
Ms Katherine Whittaker accepted the donation on behalf of the Children’s Services Unit and National Youth Commission and thanked recruits for their contribution. ‘This event shows a lot of dedication to the community, particularly to our youth. I encourage the recruits to continue to demonstrate their commitment to community service during their careers with the police,’ she said.
Also attending the presentation was Mr. Everard Leacock, CEO for Dish Direct TV, who donated $1,000. ‘I join with the recruits in actively supporting the development of our youth and wish them success in their new careers and future community endeavours,’ he said.
Echoing the sentiment of her colleagues police recruit Kara Ebanks said: ‘Participating in this 26.2 mile walk showed us that we can accomplish anything. We were all
happy that we could support the youth and will definitely continue to show our support and dedication.’
‘This walk will be remembered throughout our careers,’ Ian Terry added. ‘We worked together as a team to accomplish it and were glad that we could support the youth,’ the recruit said.
This event comes towards the end of a grueling 14-week course for the new officers who will complete their training at the end of July.