The Cayman Heart Fund is poised to benefit from a partnership with Butterfield bank, which has signed on as the organisation’s 2011 platinum sponsor.
The goal of the partnership is to promote education and training and provide free medical screenings to help bring awareness to cardiovascular disease in the Cayman Islands, officials said.
“Butterfield understands the importance of health and wellness in the Cayman community and are very excited to partner with the Cayman Heart Fund in their efforts to reduce the risk of heart disease,” said Rhonda Serrano, Butterfield’s assistant manager of marketing and communications.
The Cayman Heart Fund is preparing to launch programmes and events to encourage the community to become “heart smart”.
Along with their annual fundraiser, the Red Dress Valentines Gala Dinner held last Friday, the heart fund is planning several events around Heart Smart week, which begins in March.
The Heart Health Symposium, scheduled for Thursday, 3 March, will provide, among other things, the opportunity for physicians, health professionals and others in the healthcare industry to obtain their Continuing Medical Education certificate for free.
Other Heart Smart events include the Red Dress Luncheon on Friday, 4 March, and the Heart Health Fair on Saturday, 5 March, at Camana Bay.
The Cayman Heart Fund also will hold screenings in various communities, the Ken Chand Walk/Run in May and will purchase AED machines for public use.
“The Cayman Heart Fund sincerely thanks Butterfield for their generous sponsorship to our nonprofit organisation,” said heart fun chairman Suzy Soto.
“We truly appreciate it, as every dollar helps us carry out our work of fighting Cayman’s number one killer – heart disease.”
Rebecca Ebanks of Butterfield said, “Raising awareness for this widespread issue is truly a worthy endeavour as it affects so many. … We aim to enrich the lives of our community, and believe that this small step will have a lasting effort.”
For more information on Heart Smart and or the Cayman Heart Fund, visit www.caymanheartfund.com or email [email protected]