Event gives food for thought

In an effort to raise funding, and
awareness, for the Meals on Wheels programme, a 5K Family Fun Walk/Run is on
next week.

The morning’s festivities commence
on 31 October with registration at 6:30am. The walk will start at 7am followed
by run starting at 7.15am. Included in the race registration of CI$16 are
chances for spot prizes as well as t-shirts for participants. Registration and
race start/finish will be at the TE McField Community Centre located on School
Road, off Eastern Avenue (near the George Town Primary School’s football field)
with parking at Trinity Square.

Pancakes will be served to all
participants or breakfast alone can be purchased by non participants for
CI$6.  All proceeds will go directly to
the Meals on Wheels programme. 

Whilst breakfast is being served,
the first ever High Heel Dash to be held in the Cayman Islands will take place.
This unique event promises to be very entertaining. The dash is open to anyone
and walk/run participants, will not have to pay the CI$12 entry fee. Dash
participants will be required to be in heels and there will be a trophy and
prize given to top female and male finisher.

“We chose to hold our event on 31
October, Halloween, as the theme is it’s scary to go hungry,” said fundraising
board member Kerri Kanuga. “We hope that having this event on Halloween drives
this message home.” 

Meals on Wheels currently provides
around 150 nutritious meals each day, five days a week, to home-bound, frail,
aged people and others with physical and mental disabilities. Often the Meals
on Wheels volunteers are the only daily point of contact for recipients.

“Our volunteers serve to combat
social isolation and assist in monitoring our recipients’ health and
well-being. We are raising funds to keep this programme going and ultimately expand
it. There are currently an additional 100 deserving people identified in Grand
Cayman alone that we are not able to provide meals for right now. Our food cost
per meal is CI$4. Therefore, in order to feed all the people we want to reach,
we estimate that we will need around CI$260,000 a year. We are always looking
to raise funds for Meals on Wheels and we are grateful for donations throughout
the year!”

For additional Meals on Wheels
programme information, donations or race questions, contact Kerri Kanuga on
916-7020 or [email protected]