Light up the night

A stroll down a moonlit beach can be one of the most romantic moments imaginable, hand in hand with that special person. Sharing that stroll with a couple of hundred other people might dilute the romantic element somewhat, but when it’s for charity, the presence of other can certainly be tolerated.

On Saturday, 10 March the second edition of the Light up the Night Breast Cancer Beach Walk will take to Seven Mile Beach. Fortunately, walkers will not be expected to walk the full seven miles (or around five and a half miles, depending on whose measurements you trust). The event will start at Royal Palms, which offers plenty of parking, and see walkers stroll to the turnaround point at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, before returning to the finish at Royal Palms.

The event will raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation and aims to raise awareness about breast cancer in the community.

James Bovell, director of the foundation, says: “We are pleased to announce the second annual ‘Light up the Night – Breast Cancer Walk’. Last year’s event was a huge success and helped raise awareness and funds for local breast cancer patients and projects.”

Kim Lund, also a director of the Breast Cancer Foundation continues: “The event is for the whole family. This year we have partnered with the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens for this event.”

A change in start venue means that this year’s event should be even more well attended than the inaugural edition.

The walk will start at 7.15pm, ensuring the most perfect lighting conditions on the beach, with the walk taking place just two days after full moon.

However, the event might not be quite as brightly lit as the first edition – in 2011 the walk took place on 19 March, a night that featured the biggest full moon in some 20 years. It took place under what scientists call a ‘super perigee moon’ (yes, scientists use the word ‘super’ too) which occurs when the moon is at its closest point to the earth.

Registration for the event will take place at the start venue and will be open from 6.30pm, with early registration available through The entry fee for the event is $25, with the first 100 walkers receiving glow in the dark T-shirts.

The event is sponsored by Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Caymanian Compass, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Royal Palms and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

1969: Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon.

1972: Eugene Cernan becomes the last man to walk on the moon (thus far)

1983: Michael Jackson 
popularises the moonwalk 
(although it is recorded as a move as far back as the 1930s)