School benefits $11,000 from huge Irish Jog

The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Irish Jog saw a record number of participants. Over 1,100 enthusiastic runners, walkers and joggers crossed the finish line at the Britannia Golf Course on 17 March for the 19th annual fun run and walk.

As in previous years, all of the proceeds raised from the Irish Jog are donated to a local charity and Butterfield and Grand Cayman Beach Suites – the co-sponsors of the event – raised $11,073 for the Lighthouse School.

Carla MacVicar, principal of the Lighthouse School, said that a portion of the proceeds will be used to upgrade the school’s present main playground, as well as to prepare and resurface their new infant playground.

“On behalf of the Lighthouse School, we wish to express thanks to everyone who had a part to play in the Irish Jog,” said MacVicar. “We are most thankful that Lighthouse School was chosen as this year’s recipient of the monies raised. Without the support of the community, our students would not have as many opportunities to get what they need when it comes to their education.”

“The Irish Jog continues to attract hundreds each year, which provides Butterfield and Grand Cayman Beach Suites with the perfect opportunity to give back to the local community,” said Butterfield’s Rhonda Serrano. “We want to thank the public, prize sponsors and volunteers for making this event a tremendous success.”

After the jog, Lighthouse School’s Elroy Bryan and pupil Jonathan McField thanked the organisers, sponsors and participants for their support.

Marina Flynn of Grand Cayman Beach Suites, said: “We are so pleased with this year’s turn out and the outpouring of support. The Irish Jog is certainly one of Cayman’s most popular fun run/walks for charity and we take pride in being able to sponsor it each year with Butterfield. I am looking forward to an even bigger event next year!”

The Lighthouse School is a public school for primary and secondary students with special education needs. The school has been in existence from 1976. Presently there are 84 students enrolled at the school.