Jingle Bell not just fun but also helps crisis victims

Each December many people lament the commercialisation of the holiday season and long for opportunities to participate in meaningful celebrations and activities. The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre offers just that – its annual Jingle Bell 5K/10K Walk/Run hosted by Tiki Beach.

It is a fun even on Sunday 11 December which will raise funds to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The Annual Jingle Bell event is the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre’s signature event and major fundraiser.

Participants can choose to walk or run the 5k or 10k course from Tiki Beach through Yacht Drive. There will be raffle prizes for children and adults from local hotel stays to dinner certificates and prizes donated specifically for the children and more.

Complimentary breakfast will be served at the finish line and, as always, Santa will join the fun. The major sponsors are IMAC (Insurance Managers Association of Cayman), Greenlight RE and Maples and Calder. Other sponsors include First Caribbean, KPMG, LIME, Walkers, Cayman Free Press, Water Authority, Dr. Van Putten, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PKF Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors, SRS, Krys and Associates Cayman Ltd, Conyers Dill & Pearman, Rawlinson & Hunter, Aon Insurance Managers Ltd., The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Butterfield and the Security Centre.

The Crisis Centre is a charitable organization that provides safe, temporary shelter and support services for abused women and their children and community education programmes regarding domestic abuse and sexual violence.

It provides counselling, education, advocacy and community resources for women and their children. In 2010 The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre provided safe shelter for 120 women and children, a 30 per cent increase over 2009 and responded to 155 crisis calls regarding domestic abuse and sexual assault

In addition to participants for the Walk/Run, The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre welcomes corporate sponsors and businesses who can contribute goods or services valued at $25 for the prize offerings.

Sponsoring this event not only shows dedication to raising awareness about the problems of domestic abuse and sexual assault here but also offers an outing for employees that fosters camaraderie in a positive environment and carries a small price tag in this year of continuing economic challenges.

In order to register for the Jingle Bell Walk/Run or offer corporate sponsorship or volunteer services, call Janette Goodman at 525-7516 or go to www.caymanactive.com.

It is a fun even on Sunday 11 December which will raise funds to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

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