Plans made for hearty walk

Walking, jogging or running for 5km this month will help raise funds to buy lifesaving equipment for public schools in the Cayman Islands. 

The Cayman Heart Fund is hosting the Discovery Day Ken Chand 5k Walk/Run on Monday, 20 May, at Camana Bay. 

The annual run is held in memory and honour of Ken Chand who died of a heart attack in 2008. Mr. Chand was the longest serving manager at Motor & General Insurance Company for 20 years, and at his untimely passing on Ash Wednesday was widely recognised and respected as an industry expert and one of the most qualified motor insurance professionals in Cayman. Mr. Chand made countless contributions to local charitable organisations, providing sponsorship and support to worthy community and humanitarian causes. 

The goal this year is to raise enough funds to purchase and donate 12 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to the public schools in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac that do not already have one. 

Sue Rajah of the Cayman Heart Fund said the organisation was surprised that some schools still did not have AEDs, especially in light of the death last year of a young athlete who died of sudden cardiac arrest. 

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”I think that it is vital for all public and private schools to have an AED on site, along with staff trained in basic life support. We cannot assume that sudden cardiac arrest only happens to people of a certain age, culture or body type especially, given the death of a young athlete last year. I strongly recommend that all schools, companies and public places have this life saving machine on site,” she said.  

Last June, 20-year-old Bodden Town footballer Gerome “Bird” Graham died suddenly at training from an undetected enlarged heart.  

The Cayman Heart Fund has been coordinating the purchase, installation and training in the use of life-saving defibrillators throughout the Cayman Islands. So far, the organisation’s efforts have resulted in more than 50 AED machines being installed in public places and businesses. 

This is the sixth year the Cayman Heart Fund is hosting the Ken Chand walk/run event.  

Anyone who registers online can win a prize and people are urged to register by 17 May to guarantee they get their desired T-shirt size.  

The run begins at 7am, with registration on the day at 6am, at The Crescent in Camana Bay. 

It costs $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 16. There will be post-race snacks and prizes. 

People can also register between 8.30am and 5pm from Monday, 13 May, to Friday, May 17, at the Information Commissioner’s Office at Elizabethan Square, (above Thai Restaurant); from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, 17 May, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, 18 May, at Camana Bay on the Paseo; and on Saturday, 18 May, at Fosters’ Strand between 11.30am and 1.30pm. 


For more information, email [email protected] 


Children from George Town Primary School were among the 300 walkers and runners at the Ken Chand charity walk/run in 2011. – Photo: Submitted
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