Completing a full marathon is a fantastic accomplishment in itself – indeed something to boast about – but for some people competing in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon their achievement will be shared with some very special organisations.
These runners have chosen specific charities to run for and as a result of their physical endurance and their philanthropy, others will benefit.
Louane Martins Silva is one and because of her generous community spirit the Cayman Islands Humane Society will have some extra funds to assist with its various projects.
Brazilian Martins Silva has lived in Cayman for seven years and has been volunteering at the Humane Society for the past three months, walking the dogs every Saturday.
She ran her first marathon of 26.2 miles last year to raise funds for the Humane Society and decided it was worth doing again.
“Running for a charity gives me a purpose when I’m training,” says Martins Silva. “Knowing that I’ve made the commitment to the Humane Society motivates me to keep on running when it gets challenging.”
She feels comfortable around dogs and has had them as pets since childhood. Her love for the animals is what caused her to choose the Humane Society for her charity and she hopes to help them as much as possible on Sunday 2 December.
“I didn’t set a goal. I just want to raise whatever I can to help the Society. I think $5,000 would be great but I am asking people to donate whatever they can. I am sure any little bit will help.”
The money raised by Martins Silva will be used for the basic daily and monthly expenses such as food, medication, maintenance and cleaning and she is asking everyone to support her and the Humane Society.
“Absolutely any donation, no matter the amount, will help. In addition to financially supporting the society,
I would like to encourage people to come out and volunteer at the shelter.
“They need people to walk the dogs so if you can get a friend or two and commit an hour or two of your free time, the dogs will be very happy and appreciative. They love being outdoors.”
As for her goals for the marathon itself, which incidentally, she will run on her 30th birthday: “Last year I finished in 4 hours 46 minutes and that was my first marathon. I hope I can improve on that time this year and perhaps finish in four hours.”
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by Department of Tourism; Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports & Culture; Gatorade; Flowers Bottled Water; Digicel; Cayman National; Cayman First; Breezes By the Bay Restaurant; Kirk Freeport; 106.1 KISS FM; Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, CayCompass.com; NCI Services; Dolphin Discovery; Conyers Dill & Pearman; MILO; Cayman Airways; FastSigns; RVC Rehab/BioFreeze; Bliss Living Yoga Cayman; Coppertone; Tropicana Tours; Quaker; CUC; RE/MAX Cayman Islands; KPMG; CayBrew Light; Smoothie King; Scotiabank; The Final Touch; Harneys; Coca-Cola; Cayman Imports Ltd.; Cost-U-Less; and KRyS Global.
Running marathons for a cause is common and Martins Silva joins plenty who are running for other organisations such as the Red Cross and the Cancer Society.
Derek Haines, who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years through the Cayman Marathon, is running to raise funds for a new chemotherapy unit at the Health Services Authority.
“Running in aid of a charity is a great way to motivate yourself and push forward when the training becomes tedious or difficult and the fact that your completion of the race will benefit people – or animals in Louane’s case – in need is always a great incentive,” says Rhonda Kelly, race director. “Each year we are amazed at the generous spirit that runners like Louane and Derek display and the kindness of the Cayman community in supporting them in their efforts.”
Registration for the 2012 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay and Kids Fun Run is open online at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. Walk-in registration can also be done at the Kelly Holding office.