Funds Raised Benefits Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Response in the Cayman Islands
As hurricane season gets into full swing, the Cayman Islands Red Cross is asking local businesses to consider sponsoring the 15th Annual CIRC Charitable Golf Tournament on 7 September.
Hole sponsorships are available for as little as $300 and provide the opportunity for visibility to all who attend the tournament and visit the local Red Cross’ website. In addition, all of the funds raised through the event directly benefit the local services provided by the local the chapter of the relief organisation, including its disaster management programmes, which are critical to the territory’s safety.
This month has already been a busy one as the Cayman Islands Red Cross sprang into action to prepare for Tropical Storm Ernesto. While Ernesto passed by without wreaking havoc, volunteers had set up the storm antenna, assembled bags of emergency supplies and first aid kits and prepared the shelters to open.
“It is so important to have plans in place so people have a place to go and know what to do if a major storm strikes,” said Jondo Obi, director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross.
According to Mrs. Obi, the local chapter is part of the national disaster response system and its volunteers are key players in disseminating disaster preparedness information to the community. In addition, a minimum of two volunteers trained in first aid by the Red Cross are sent to each shelter in the event of a full emergency.
“Without adequate training the Red Cross volunteers will not be able to respond effectively to hurricanes, other natural disasters or any local community emergencies,” Mrs. Obi said.
Recognising the importance of the Red Cross’ work, a number of businesses have already stepped forward to sponsor the 2012 golf tournament. RBC Royal Bank is the lead sponsor of the event. In addition, Foster’s Food Fair will donate food for the barbecue dinner and awards ceremony following the tournament. Mise-en-Place has volunteered to prepare and serve the dinner, as it has for the past few years. “This is a terrific event for our entire community,” said Mr. Woody Foster, managing director of Foster’s Food Fair. “We applaud the Red Cross for the important work they do.”
The tournament offers the opportunity to win fabulous prizes, including a 2012 BMW 118i donated by GT Automotive and a 2012 Jeep Liberty by Car City. Special prizes will also be awarded for other categories, such as the player who hits the ball closest to the hole and the golfer who wins the putting contest.
All prizes will be presented during the awards ceremony following the golf tournament. Sponsorships are still available at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels for organisations wishing to support the CIRC’s 2012 event.
“We encourage other businesses to join us in supporting the CIRC,” said Jason Waters, head of RBC Royal Bank retail banking in the Cayman Islands. While the afternoon foursomes are filled, space is available for those wishing to golf in the tournament in the morning.
Sponsorship forms and tournament entry forms are available by contacting the Cayman Islands Red Cross at 916-3345.