Diabetes group paddles for Bunton

November is Diabetes Awareness month with Nov. 14 being the World Diabetes Day. Across the globe, there are 300 million people who have diabetes and that leads to four million deaths a year.

Here in Cayman, diabetes is affecting a large number of individuals and their families in the community. The Cayman Islands Diabetes Association works alongside the medical profession to raise awareness, educate on different ways of preventing the disease as well as treating the symptoms and sponsors specialist training and equipment for those involved in caring for diabetes sufferers.

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in many cases by a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. This is a message embraced by the Cayman Islands Paddle Board Association, who are hosting their third annual paddle board event to raise funds for the association this Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10am.

Paddle boarding is a low impact way of exercising, suitable for all ages and abilities, and the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the beaches and water around the Cayman Islands.

The annual fundraiser is named in memory of John Bunton, a local businessman who died from diabetes-related illness. Duane Magis, the event organizer and a friend of the Bunton family, is excited about the number of corporate sponsors for the event this year.

“We are really overwhelmed by the response from the local business community,” Magis said. “Our friends at Surfside Bar are hosting the fundraiser and we have received generous donations and sponsorship from Genesis Trust, LG Contracting, Siena Tile, Flowers Steel Stud, King Imports, Caribbean Marine Services, Cayman First, Dart, Cayman Islands Roofing, Fiderus, SUP Kite Surf Cayman and Kirk Marine.

“In addition to the sponsorship, a large number of local businesses have donated amazing prizes for our raffle. This year, the main prize is a Laird Stand Up paddle board and paddle worth $2,000 donated by Mega Systems Ltd. and Cayman Standup Paddle Co. and the second prize is a year of unlimited yoga at Bliss Living Yoga.

“Raffle tickets are available for just $10 and you could win restaurant vouchers, dive vouchers, SUP rentals, haircuts, dental work, clothing, and so much more. We are so grateful to the local business community for coming out in force to help raise funds for the association.”

A variety of different paddle boards will also be on display – courtesy of Blue Wave Surf Shop, Kirk Marine, Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co., Compass Marine and Kite SUP Surf Cayman.

With a great venue, a fabulous raffle, and a fun family paddle board event, all that is needed now is people to sign up! You can obtain an entry form by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

Magis is hoping for up to 100 participants this year – all of whom will receive an event rashguard, a raffle ticket and have a great day out on the water. The registration fee is either $35, which includes board hire or just $25 if you have your own. Seems like a great way to help raise awareness of diabetes.