As the 13th Annual RBC Charitable
Golf Tournament to benefit the Cayman Islands Red Cross approaches, tee times
and sponsorship opportunities are still available for individuals and
organisations wishing to participate.
The event, on 3 September, is at
the North Sound Club with tee-off times at 8am and 1pm. It features a four-man
scramble format with a shotgun start.
However, more important than the
fun opportunity provided by participating in the tournament, is the purpose behind
it. “Funds collected through the tournament go toward supporting the Cayman
Islands Red Cross,” said Jason Waters, Vice President and Country Head for RBC
in the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands Red Cross has
been operating in the Cayman Islands since 1961. “For nearly 50 years we have assisted the
most vulnerable in our community, and community support for events such as this
is what will ensure that we can deliver necessary programmes for another 50,”
said Peter Milburn, past Chairman for the CIRC and golf tournament coordinator.
Two programme areas that benefit from the funds raised include disaster
management and the Thrift Shop.
“Our disaster management programme
is divided into two parts: disaster preparedness and disaster response,” said Hemant
Balgobin, Disaster Manager for the Cayman Islands Red Cross. “Both are
essential in ensuring we have plans in place so people know what to do and
where to go in the event disaster strikes, whether in the form of a hurricane,
flood, fire or crime.”
According to Balgobin, volunteers
are key players in disseminating disaster preparedness information to the
community. Once a disaster occurs, whether a fire impacting one family or a
category 5 hurricane impacting the entire nation, the Cayman Islands Red Cross
is there to ensure that help is available to assist those in need.
Another programme run by the Red
Cross is the Thrift Shop, which has been offering quality products to the
residents of Grand Cayman at affordable prices for years. “Goods donated to us
are sold at a small profit margin to the general public, but families referred
to us by organisations like the Department of Children and Family Services are
given items from the Thrift Shop free of cost,” said Remy Imperial, Thrift Shop
Manager. Programmes like these are made available to residents of the Cayman
Islands, through the generous donations of individuals and through charitable
events like the upcoming golf tournament.
Many local organisations have
joined RBC Royal Bank of Canada in sponsoring the tournament. “This event
raises funds for a really good cause,” said Woody Foster, managing director of
Foster’s Food Fair, which donates food for the barbeque dinner following the
tournament. “We have been involved in this event since the first year and
applaud the Red Cross for the important work they are doing in our
Progressive Distributors, another
major sponsor, donates beverages for the event.
The tournament offers the
opportunity to win fabulous prizes, including a BMW from GT Automotive or a
Honda from Car City for golfers who make a hole-in-one at certain holes. Gale
Tibbetts of 24K-Mon Jewellers has donated the traditional ‘gold coin’ prize for
the ball closest to the pin, as she has nearly every year the event has been
running. “We are looking forward to again sponsoring in this year’s event and
hope to see many come out to support the Red Cross,” said Tibbetts. There are
also special prizes for other categories, including the player who raises the
most funds. All prizes will be awarded at the ceremony and dinner that follows
the golf tournament.
* Sponsorship and entry forms are
available by contacting Peter Milburn, Event Coordinator, at 916-0814 or [email protected]
or Jondo Obi, Branch Director, at 916-3345 or [email protected] Donations to the
Red Cross can also be made by going to the organisation’s website at
www.redcross.org.ky. Cheques should be made payable to the Cayman Islands Red