Charities hooked up

Local angling showed its caring side recently by donating to charity. The Cayman Islands Angling Club presented cheques to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Cayman Islands Diabetes Charitable Trust.

The funds donated by the club were proceeds from the 2011 Barcadere Classic fishing tournament in January. Angling club president Franklin Thompson explains that the charities were chosen as they highlight worthy causes.

“During the tournament funds were raised through a raffle of two Cayman Airways tickets donated by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and a boat detailing service donated by Boats and Butlers,” Thompson said.

“The funds raised were donated to the Diabetes Trust and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. We in the angling club encourage the community to support both charities.

“The foundation and the trust are two charities the angling club supports throughout the year. Diabetes is an issue that affects a lot of people in Cayman and it’s an issue that needs to be talked about.

“During the tournament we partnered with the trust to promote awareness of diabetes, particularly its impact on children. Volunteers from the trust were at the tournament registration, weigh station and prize-giving to speak with participants and spectators about diabetes.

“With the foundation our funds will be used for marine research in the Cayman Islands. The angling club is dedicated to the conservation of our marine resources and is happy to support the foundation and its local research.”

News of the donations comes ahead of what should be a busy month for competitive fishing. The action starts this Saturday 12 March with the re-staging of the 2011 Cayman Swordfish Challenge 4pm-2am.

The competition was originally held in February but saw few fish caught. From there is the Rooster Shootout 18-20 March. Registration for the tournament, which attracts fishing enthusiasts like Naul Bodden, is on Wednesday 16 March.