Students, alumni, faculty and community members turned out for the 10th annual Hugh Cummings Memorial Walk on Saturday, 12 February, to raise money for the scholarship fund at the International College of the Cayman Islands.
Raising approximately $2,200, roughly 75 walkers showed up before sunrise at the campus in Newlands-Savannah and headed toward the Pedro St. James Castle and back, about 5 kilometres.
“By the time we got to Pedro Castle, the sun was over the water, which just added to the strong sense of community among the walkers,” said Dean Scott Cummings.
“The memorial walk was named in honour of the founder of the school, Dr. Hugh Cummings, so it really carries on his mission in providing financial aid to those who might not otherwise afford college,” said Mr. Cummings.
Participants included both parents and their grown children who have attended the school, said President Emeritus Elsa Cummings.
“Ernie Ebanks helped bring down the brush in the early years and his daughter is here now,” said Ms Cummings. “It gives me a special feeling to see multiple generations have attended the college.”
When MBA student Melisa Bent-Hamilton decided to participate in the memorial walk, she started preparing for it physically.
“I started getting up early and doing my own little walks, so I had no trouble getting up early and doing this one,” said Ms Hamilton. “It was a great walk. I will definitely do it again next year.”