Sports is a vital avenue for many positives in the community. One company in the Cayman Islands that is understanding that point lately is Royal Bank of Canada.
The institution sponsored the Caribbean’s largest golf tournament this summer and is now putting on run/walks in several countries, including Cayman. Team leader for personal financial service at RBC Annie Manderson states the company is intent on supporting sports in Cayman and in the wider region.
“In the Caribbean we assign 10 per cent of our corporate donations budget to the support of amateur sporting activities,” Manderson said. “Our other commitments include education (25 per cent), health (20 per cent), social services (20 per cent), arts and culture (10 per cent) and the environment (15 per cent).
“We really are open to raising funds using a range of sports. We are actually staging runs all over the region in support of cancer and you may be aware – we just completed a successful golf fundraising event for the Red Cross.”
Royal Bank was the title sponsor for the 2011 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships held in Trinidad back in August. Cayman was one of roughly eight countries competing with Samantha Widmer leading the charge for the local ladies, who finished third.
From there Royal Bank was a major sponsor for the annual Red Cross golf tournament back in September. To celebrate its 50th year, the competition attracted Professional Golfers Association legends and current Senior Tour players Mark McNulty and Nick Price.
The point of the upcoming runs is to raise money for a children’s cancer fund. Manderson states the company is keen to do its part to fight the disease.
“The fight against cancer is necessary in Cayman and globally until a cure is found. Cancer can be a debilitating disease and treatment is very expensive. Childhood cancer can be particularly devastating for a family as treatment regimens can be long, requiring a parent to spend time away from work and home to support a sick child.
“In a typical family with multiple children and the need for two incomes this can be very taxing. Our fund supports treatment for children with cancer and in addition we support the Cancer Society’s drive to eradicate all cancers.”