The third annual Breeze Fusion 3k Run/Walk is on Saturday and the excitement is increasing in anticipation of the most successful staging to date.
Despite the current economic challenges, the event has received tremendous support, albeit from a smaller number of sponsors and donors.
Their generosity more than compensates. Sponsors are Roma United FC, Funky Tangs, Reflections, ARCP, Progressive Distributors, Sport N Zone, Massive Equipment & Party Rental and Lee’s Office Products.
It starts outside the John Gray High School on Walkers Road at 7.30am.
HSBC Cayman supports the event through the donation of T-shirts and entry of a large team from their company in the event.
This year’s chosen beneficiaries – the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Lion’s Club of Tropical Gardens ‘Reading is Cool Programme’ – are pleased to be receiving proceeds from the event.
The NCVO – a recipient since inception of the event – has partnered over the years with Radio Cayman for their annual radio/telethon.
The radio/telethon began as a radiothon on Radio Cayman and evolved into the telethon, which is usually held on the evening of the same day the run/walk takes place.
One of the likely runners this weekend is Chris Burke, who came second overall.
Burke was all smiles as he received his trophy from Director of MATTSafe and former GIS Chief Information Officer, Pat Ebanks.
MATTSafe was one of the beneficiaries of last year’s proceeds from the event. It was established by Ms. Ebanks soon after the death of her son Matthew Thompson, who was involved in a motor vehicle accident. MATTSafe promotes safe driving skills lessons for young drivers in Cayman.
Janice Wilson, CEO of the NCVO, said: “We are very grateful to Radio Cayman & Breeze FM for supporting the NCVO through this annual event.
‘Funds raised by this event will go directly into our programmes, which help local children in need.”
Chairperson of the LCTG’s Early Childhood & Youth Committee is Jondo Obie who said: ‘It is very exciting to get support for the ‘Reading is Cool Programme’ which started some four years ago.
‘The Lion’s Club of Tropical Gardens is taking a different approach to learning. Although small, it is more than a reading programme – it is a workshop through which we nurture and encourage healthy eating habits.
‘Like Radio Cayman and Breeze FM, we are happy to provide support for the youth in our community who may not otherwise enjoy certain opportunities.’
Categories cover a wide age and ability range, from under 12 to over 60 and include a ‘pram-pushers’ category.
Registration is again a nominal $15 for adults and $10 for students. Pre-registration is happening every day at caymanactive.com/breeze.
Registration will also take place on the morning of the event starting at 6:45am for a 7:30 start.
The first 140 participants will receive an event T-shirt. In addition, participant medals and a gift will be given to the first 75 runners/50 walkers as well as first three finishers in each category. Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. There will also be random prizes.
Last year, organizers and competitors braved the weather, with some 50 participants turning out. The organizers are expecting an even larger field this time and the event will go on whatever the weather.