Several members of the business community in Cayman have recently raised $23,650 for the Big Brothers and Sisters programme.
The massive drive was the result of a chance meeting between BBBS Board Member Heather Hopson and the owner of Deckers Restaurant Markus Muari, who said he was touched when he met one of the bigs and decided he had to get involved.
As a result, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands in association with Abacus, Deckers and Prime, which are all owned by Mr. Muari 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,’ said Miss Hopson.
The majority of children 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 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, who is the business partner of Markus Mueri, 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.