Team Cayman for Haiti

Making much sport of a serious cause

A group of workers for the
Butterfield Group held their first of two fundraisers for victims of January’s
Haiti earthquake disaster on Saturday.

Sport for Kids: Save Haiti was held
at the play field at Camana Bay and although the turnout wasn’t huge, the kids
thoroughly enjoyed themselves and promised to return this Saturday and bring
others.

The Butterfield Group colleagues
want to raise the money to help with the rebuilding of Haiti and they thought
up the two weekends of Sports For Kids: Save Haiti days to contribute to
travelling funds for them when they go there for a week in October. There were
five sets of coaches coaching three sports for about 30 minutes a session in
basketball, football and Gaelic football.

Butterfield worker Tom Elliot, the
former Cayman National Football captain, said: “The idea is to help get the
kids out of the house, give them a taste of sports they may not necessarily be
exposed to regularly and also raise money for charity.”

Members of Sunset Football Club,
Elliot’s team, helped coach the youngsters.

Team Cayman for Haiti is scheduled
to go to Haiti 31 October to 7 November to work with a non-profit organisation,
Haven Partnership, during their Build It Week. Each volunteer will have a daily
responsibility to help build homes by various tasks such as painting,
bricklaying, plastering and other hands-on activities.

Kathryn Walsh is another organiser.
She said: “With six members of the Team Cayman for Haiti, 12 coaches and
volunteers, Sports for Kids: Save Haiti was ready for a fantastic half day
sports camp to work with over 100 kids. The children’s spirits were high and
everyone had a great time. The kids were most impressive with their football
skills, everyone, including the volunteers learned a few things about Gaelic
football and the basketball kept everyone running and on their toes.

“The feedback was great. The kids
were excited to be active and were all aware of the great cause to help Team
Cayman for Haiti raise money to go to Haiti to help build homes for families
there.”

Being the height of the summer
holiday time and considering promotion was done on relatively short notice, the
response was good. Walsh hopes to see a better attendance this Saturday,
though.

“We definitely hope to see more
children turning up this weekend from 9am. We are ready with committed and
talented coaches, so we hope that parents will keep their kids active and bring
them out for a great day of football, basketball and Gaelic football. The kids
will be kept hydrated with water donated by H2Only, juice donated by Quench
Cayman and snacks donated by Foster’s Food Fair and they will have plenty of
shade as tents are being provided by Butterfield and Digicel. We’re hopeful
that families will get their kids involved either again or for the first time
on the Saturday so that everyone can support this worthy cause.”

The amount raised on Saturday was
$375 and they hope for far more this time.

The volunteers for the event
include Brian Fitzgerald, Tim Fitzgerald, Alan Kelly, Eoin Mcnamme, Neil
Purton, Mark Keys, Rashad Powery-Saunds, Diego Smith, Jordan Thomas, Keon
Bodden, Jonathan Powery, Jeffrey Wilson, Tessa Sager and Tammy Fu

The sponsors for the event include
Camana Bay, Quench Cayman, H2Only, Fosters Food Fair, Butterfield, Digicel,
Z99, Rooster, Paramount Media, Androgroup, Eyewaves, Cayman Screen Print and
the Caymanian Compass.

* For more information, contact Tom
Elliot on 325-1679 or Gonzalo McLaughlin on 925-9977 or e-mail
[email protected] for registration forms. The cost of participation in the
programme is $25 per session for each child and registration will be available
on site.

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Team for Haiti, from left, Taura Ebanks, Thomas Elliot, Russell Sager, Derrylee Carter, Gonzalo McLaughlin and Kathryn Walsh.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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