Hurlers target typhoon relief

Cayman’s darts community is reaching out to victims of the Philippines typhoon.

The Cayman Islands Darts Association donated a portion of the registration fees for the 2013 Mickey Mouse Pirates Week darts tournament to the Bayanihan for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) disaster relief fund.
Randy Cruz was one of the tournament’s big winners and said donating to relief efforts was a major reason for his participation.

“We, as Filipinos, knew the tournament was going to be for a serious cause that would help our fellow Filipinos,” Cruz said. “We’re united as one. Some people here were affected and we’re very eager to support the cause.”

The association’s $210 contribution is expected to go directly to the GMA Kapuso Foundation Inc., which is aligned with the GMA Network, a major commercial television and radio company in the Philippines. That donation converts to about $11,223 Philippine pesos. According to association president Paul Anglin, the impetus to donate to the Bayanihan fund came from Filipino player Rodan Asuncion.

At the Mickey Mouse tournament, Cruz finished runner-up in the singles category, losing to countryman Mel Tagalog in the final at the Mango Tree last Sunday. Eugene Deguzman, the 2012 winner, ended up without a trophy, losing the third place game to Cliff Weeks. Cruz partnered with Cayman legend Hank “The Hammer” Ebanks to win the doubles segment, ahead of Tagalog and Fernando “Bango” Aromin. In all, the competition attracted 29 players.

Darts players are not the only members of Cayman’s sports fraternity coordinating relief efforts. Former Philippine Volleyball Club organiser Jhun Padua is part of the organizing committee behind the Believers Talent Expo 2013 and the “Great is His Faithfulness” concert. The Harquail Theater will host the concert on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 7 p.m. and feature performers from a number of local churches.

Typhoon Haiyan – named Yolanda by Philippine authorities – struck the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar last week. Packing sustained winds of 147 mph and waves as high as 45 feet, it was one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall. Reports from authorities in the Philippines put the likely death toll around 2,500, scaled down from initial estimates of up to 10,000. There is a huge need for food, water and medical supplies, with the United Nations launching a $301 million aid appeal.