Sweet wave of cash for diabetics

Paddle board mania took over Public Beach again a couple of weeks ago.

Over 70 people were out on paddle boards on 4 November. Men and women of all ages, children and even a dog, were taking part in the Second Annual John Bunton Memorial Paddle Board Fundraiser in aid of the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association.

A mass paddle from Public Beach down to the Ritz-Carlton and back was led by Russell Bunton, the late John Bunton’s son, with boat safety support provided by Compass Marine.

Once everyone had returned to Public Beach, staff from the Waterman shop organised some fun paddle board games for all ages and abilities.

There was a great community spirit with families and friends spending the afternoon together, trying out different paddle boards and enjoying the fun.

The diabetic association was represented at the event by Sylvia and David Perry, who were delighted by the big turnout and the enthusiasm of those present.

CIDA’s mission is to work toward a future without diabetes by creating awareness, providing education in our community while improving the lives of people living with diabetes and their families.

They rely solely on donations from civic minded corporations and individuals to fund their projects.

Duane Magis of the Cayman Islands Stand Up Paddle Board Association, who organised the event for the second year running, was delighted by the support of the those who came to take part, bought raffle tickets and the many generous corporate sponsors who gave financially and who donated raffle prizes.

“The rate at which diabetes is increasing here in Cayman is staggering,” said Magis. “And I am really glad that we have been able to support CIDA by raising the profile of their important work.

“I also hope that we have helped to promote paddle boarding as part of a fun and healthy lifestyle. I would like to thank all of those who took part and all of our sponsors – Mega Systems, Bliss Living Yoga, LG Contracting, Healthcare Pharmacy, Red Sail, Genesis Bank and Trust, Fiderus, Sienna Tile, King Imports, Flowers Steel Stud, Vampt Motors, Cayman Islands Sheet Metal, Kirks Marine, Caribbean Marine Services, Waterman, The Sweet Spot, Caribbean Canvas Company, Dukes, Paige, Cayman Distributers, Agua, Ragazzi, Lone Star, PDs, Luca, Funky Monkey, Blue Wave, Pool Patrol and all the volunteers who helped make this event happen.”

In a great example of the community coming together, the paddle board day raised almost $10,000 for the Cayman Islands Diabetic Association.

Men and women of all ages, children and even a dog, were taking part in the Second Annual John Bunton Memorial Paddle Board Fundraiser in aid of the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association.

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