It’s October. Color it pink, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The color pink is associated with this international health campaign that aims to raise funds and awareness in the fight against the disease.
In Cayman, a number of fundraisers are scheduled to support the cause – including workout classes, a gala dinner and a 5k run. Here are some events that offer the chance to have some fun while supporting a good cause:
Dive for the Cause
Divetech is encouraging people to take the plunge and Dive for the Cause on Oct. 6. The dive shop is offering shore dives from its two locations in West Bay – Lighthouse Point and Cobalt Coast. Participants receive air tanks, weights and a Divers Against Cancer T-shirt for a minimum donation of $25.
Prizes will be awarded to divers, male or female, who turn up in their bra (or someone else’s) – or wearing something pink.
Funds raised go to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society in support of its mammogram program that provides vouchers to women who cannot afford the screening or who do not have the insurance coverage to pay for it.
This is the second year Divetech has staged the event.
“One of our staff members is a cancer survivor, and she is the main reason that we started the event,” said Divetech’s Emma Nicholsby. “It’s a fun day – and we all get to wear as much pink as possible.” Divers are welcome after 1 p.m. and prize giving will take place from 4 p.m. at Cobalt Coast. Pink-themed snacks and refreshments will be served.
Pilates for Pink
Energy Essential Fitness is holding Pilates for Pink on Oct. 12 at the ARC at Camana Bay. Proceeds go to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
This year’s edition is called Iron Girl – a fun workout that is suitable for all ages. “It is sure to get hearts pumping and adrenaline flowing – and all for a great cause,” said pilates instructor Colleen Brummer.
Brummer, who is a breast cancer survivor, launched Pilates for Pink seven years ago.
“Each year, we gather at Pilates for Pink to work out in honor of those who are battling, or have battled, breast cancer,” she says.
The registration fee is $25 per person and all participants will receive an Energy tote bag with goodies inside. There will also be a variety of gifts and door prizes, including pink champagne, pink cupcakes, pink fitness equipment and pink tote bags.
The event begins at 9 a.m. with a pre-workout party at the Pink Lounge and free Total Barre mini workouts. The Pilates for Pink class starts at 10 a.m.
Brenda Tibbetts Lund Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Brenda Tibbetts Lund was an activist for breast cancer awareness. She lost her battle with the illness in 1998, and the Lions Club of Grand Cayman established an annual walk in her honor. The event has expanded to include two runs – one in North Side and one in George Town.
The North Side run/walk takes place on Oct. 12, and starts and ends at Kaibo Beach Bar and Grill.
The George Town run/walk is on Oct. 13. It starts from the Holiday Inn Grand Caymanian Resort, heads to the Esterly Tibbetts highway and finishes back at the resort.
On-site registration for both events starts at 5 a.m. Walkers start at 6 a.m. and runners at 6:30 a.m. The registration fee is $20. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at Cost-U-Less Oct. 4 and 5. Other pre-registration locations will be announced shortly.
Last year’s event brought out some 650 runners, raising around $14,000 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
Eclipze Hair Design and Day Spa is again supporting the cause by opening its doors on Oct. 20 for its annual Cut-A-Thon, from 2 to 6 p.m. at its Camana Bay location.
The menu of services includes mini manicures, men’s, women’s and children’s haircuts, threading and massages for $1 per minute. The Eclipze team will be joined by volunteer stylists from other salons on the island, including Arista, La Mer, Focus, Renaissance, Spa Esprit and Prive.
Sisters Darla Dilbert and Darna Parchman decided to launch the event 13 years ago after losing an aunt to the disease.
This year, three women – Jessica Babb, Amy Bothwell and Natasha Whitelocke – have volunteered to cut at least 10-inches off their hair if enough sponsors come on board to collect a minimum of $1,000 each for the cause.
In addition, Tricia Ali has volunteered to shave her head if she can raise $1,000.
Donations may be made directly to these volunteers or to Eclipze. Contact Azma Bishouty at 945-1188 or Darla Dilbert at 916-7274 at the salon.
Proceeds from the Cut-A-Thon go to the Lion’s Club of Tropical Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Fund to assist in providing mammograms to women who are unable to afford the screening.
The event has raised an average of $3,500 each year in just a few hours.
Sameena’s Day of Beauty
On Oct. 27, Sameena’s Beauty is again holding a Day of Beauty in support of the awareness campaign.
The beauty salon on the waterfront in George Town will be offering its full range of services – including manicures, pedicures, threading, facials, massages, haircuts and styling – donating all proceeds to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Doors open at 10 a.m.