Bankers drive Red Cross forward

The 15th annual Cayman Islands Red Cross golf tournament will enjoy corporate support from RBC.

Action gets under way on 7 September as RBC Royal Bank and RBC Wealth Management partner with the Red Cross once again. The event, which features a four-man scramble format with a shotgun start, will be held at the North Sound Golf Club. Tee-off times are at 8am and 1pm.

Head of RBC Retail Banking in the Cayman Islands Jason Waters states the Red Cross represent a worthy cause.

“For 15 years, RBC has partnered with the Red Cross as the headline sponsor of this tournament,” Waters said. “Each year, this tournament proves to be a fabulous event with fun for all involved, while at the same time raising money for a great cause.”

Echoing those sentiments is RBC Head of Wealth Management in the Caribbean Deanna Bidwell.

“One hundred per cent of the money raised through this tournament stays in the Cayman Islands and goes directly toward supporting the incredible work of the Red Cross,” Bidwell said. “We encourage all businesses and community members to consider participating in the event.”

Funds collected through the event will directly benefit the four main programme areas of the Red Cross: disaster management, First Aid and CPR training, HIV and AIDS education and the Thrift Shop, as well as volunteer development.

Director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross Jondo Obi states those initiatives are essential in Cayman.

“For more than 50 years, the Red Cross has supported families and individuals in the Cayman Islands,” Obi said. “The funds raised at this event are instrumental for us to continue offering aid to those who desperately need it. We are extremely grateful for the support of RBC and for all of our sponsors and volunteers.”

The tournament also acts as a celebration of golf in Cayman. Last year, the Red Cross celebrated their 50th anniversary by bringing down golf legends Nick Price and Mark McNulty. Both rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s on the Professional Golfers Association Tour.

Price, 54, was once the top-ranked golfer in the world and won 18 career PGA events. McNulty, 58, was the top player on the European Tour and ranked among the world’s top 10 golfers. Now the duo are part of the PGA Champions Tour (formerly the Seniors PGA Tour) for players age 50 and up.

Price and McNulty created a huge buzz around the competition and inspired the likes of Marcello Santi, a Cayman resident who is a former European pro and His Excellency Governor Duncan Taylor to hit the links.

Obi states there are still opportunities left for individuals or organizations to get involved in the tournament this year.

“With the increased cost of hosting the tournament, we’re counting on the support of local businesses. Hole sponsorships are available for as little as CI$300. Sponsorships include the display of your company logo throughout the tournament and also on the Red Cross website for up to a year.”

Limited player spots are also available for CI$150 per individual or CI$600 for a four-person team. For those unable to attend, donations are accepted via the Red Cross website. Cheques should be made payable to the Cayman Islands Red Cross.

Sponsorship and tournament entry forms are available by contacting the Red Cross at 916-3345 or [email protected]

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