Flowers eager to boost charities

Part of the legacy surrounding the Flowers Sea Swim is its effect on local charities. 

Every year, a worthy cause receives thousands of dollars that go towards bettering Cayman society. For 2012, Feed Our Future Cayman will be the recipients of registration proceeds from the swim, which takes place on Saturday, 9 June, from 2.30pm. 

Frank Flowers organises the swim, which is in its 20th year, alongside his daughter, Dara Flowers-Burke. He stated previously that the idea is to benefit lesser-known charities. 

“We looked around at various organisations and it’s a certain criteria that you have to meet in terms of being properly managed and organised,” Flowers said. “We like to stay off the spotlight and go to lesser-known organisations to bring them out into the spotlight so that people can donate more. Kind of give them a jump start in terms of publicity.”  

If last year is any indication, Feed Our Future Cayman is in for a significant financial windfall. In 2011, the Meals on Wheels programme took home over $33,000. Meals on Wheels delivers well-balanced meals to deserving people at their homes and began in the 1990s with Beulah McField and her mum Martha. 

At the time, McField stated the Flowers donation greatly boosted her efforts. 

“It means we are going to be able to prepare 7,000 meals,” McField said. “We service George Town, Bodden Town and East End, including Breakers and we do 170 meals a day, five days a week. We have a total of about 130 volunteers.” This weekend’s event launches at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and finishes at 4pm either at Royal Palms or Tiki Beach Bar (depending on the ocean currents).  

It is a one-mile open water swim that is open to the public. The Walk and Watch programme is back for 2012, allowing non-swimmers to follow the action. 

More than $100,000 in cash and prizes are on offer this year. The chances of winning have increased to guarantee 1-in-4 random prize odds for finishers. Giveaways include BlackBerrys, hotel stays and more than 40 round trip airline tickets to 20 premier destinations such as New York, Panama and Rome. In addition to the random prizes, all finishers receive a fantastic T-shirt and goody bag filled with prizes. 

With the 2012 London Olympics coming up this summer, an Olympic theme will also be in effect with top athletes such as Gary Hall Junior and Senior and Rada Owen taking part. 

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The Flowers Sea Swim takes place on Saturday afternoon. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD