It’s that time of year again when walkers and runners get ready to get their stride on for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
This year, support for Stride Against Cancer walk/run event takes on a whole new significance following the pre-Christmas burglary at the Cancer Society.
Jennifer Weber, operations manager of the Cancer Society, said: “We’re making great strides this year in light of the break in. We really do want to shine a spotlight on the good, kind, generous people that we know make up this community.”
Thieves made off with between $400 and $500 during the night-time burglary on 11 December.
Ms Weber said cheques made out to the Cancer Society, which were also stolen that night, were recently recovered when someone found two zipped blue Cayman National bank bags in a muddy field. Although the cheques were “pretty mangled”, she said, she was able to make out who they were from and contact those people who had agreed to send the Cancer Society new cheques.
No one has been arrested for the burglary.
The Cancer Society hopes that the community will come out in force to show its support for Stride, which is one of the Society’s fundraising events.
It will be held on Sunday, 27 January, starting at Public Beach on Seven Mile Beach.
The long course is a 13.1-mile half marathon, which begins at 6am and is a timed race, and there is also a 6.5-mile short course, which starts at 7am.
There will also be a North Side walk, beginning from the boat launch beside Over the Edge at 7am and ending at Kaibo, where transportation back to the boat launch will be provided.
You don’t have to be runner or even a walker to take part, Ms Weber said, all you need to do is show up and show your support.
“This year we have the Lions Club on hand again offering their wonderful breakfast. If people don’t feel like doing some exercise … but might be interested in coming to check it out, this would be a good way of doing it. They can come to the beach and support their friends and family if any of them are taking part. It’s the Sunday before a holiday so people can come and enjoy the atmosphere, show their support in the fight against cancer and have fun on the beach,” she said.
The event is shaping up to be quite a beach party, as well as a run and walk, with face painting and balloon twisting, stalls from other charity groups, and even a chance to learn how to dance Bollywood-style.
Rachna Buxani and her dance class will be performing their public debut at Stride Against Cancer, after which they’ll offer to show attendees a few steps.
Participants can register on the morning of the walk, but are encouraged to register online ahead of time or to register at the following sites: the Cancer Society office from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday; Cafe del Sol at Fort Street, George Town from 11.30am to 2pm on Friday, 25 January; Sunset House from 5 to 8pm, Friday, 25 January; or at Cost-U-Less, Hurley’s, Kirk’s Supermarket and Foster’s (Strand, Airport and Countryside) from 8am to 4pm on Saturday, 26 January.
Registration is $25 per person, and all proceeds from the event go to fund programmes the Cancer Society offers cancer patients.
To register online, visit www.caymanactive.com/registration. For more information on the North Side walk, call Ann Macfarlane at 947-0990 or 925-1899. For more information about Stride Against Cancer, call 949-7618 or e-mail [email protected]