Irish Jog raises $10k for diabetes

The 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day
5K Irish Jog last month attracted over 1,000 runners, walkers and joggers.

The event on 17 March raised
$10,836 in support of diabetes and was donated to the Cayman Islands Diabetes
Association and the Diabetic Support Group.

The Irish Jog is co-sponsored each
year by Butterfield Bank and Grand Cayman Beach Suites and continues to support
local charities.

“The Irish Jog is one of Cayman’s
most anticipated events for charity, bringing together all walks of life to the
plush Britannia golf course each year,” said Rhonda Serrano of Butterfield.

“We keep the entry fee low at just
$10 per person so that we can encourage a wider participation, thus raising as
much money as possible for community programs such as diabetes.”

Participants received a T-shirt and
were eligible to win one of several fabulous spot prizes, including sunset
sails, dinners for two and spa products.

There were free hats, face
stickers, wigs and other fun wear for everyone. Complimentary food and
refreshments were available after the event.

“We are so pleased with this year’s
response from all the participants, volunteers and the local businesses who
donated prizes,” said Marina Flynn of Grand Cayman Beach Suites.

“The Irish Jog is a wonderful
family event that provides an opportunity to not only give back to our local
community but to also take part in health and wellness.”

Melissa McWatt, treasurer, Diabetic
Support Group Cayman, participated in the Irish Jog by walking with her family.

 She said: “The Diabetic Support Group is a
support group for local diabetics providing education and promoting healthy
living and activities.

“The funds will help us to achieve
our goal to send children to overseas diabetes camps this summer and to also
support our ongoing children’s activities.”

Christina.Rowlandson, Chairman,
Diabetic Support Group Cayman, said: “We commend Butterfield and Grand Cayman
Beach Suites. The funds raised will make a real difference to those affected by
diabetes, as well as educate the general public on their own risks for
developing this often life-long and life-threatening condition.”

A portion of the Irish Jog proceeds
was also donated to the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association. “We are grateful
to Butterfield, Grand Cayman Beach Suites and all the participants in the Irish
Jog for their support to diabetes,” said Sylvia Perry of CIDA.