Haines feeds hungry kids plenty of dough

Derek Haines is a marathon fundraiser in every sense. Even though he is 65 years old and already pensionable age, he is an accomplished runner of the tortuous 26.2-mile event and also a champion fundraiser for worthy Cayman causes.

Haines has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for registered charities and health units in recent years and his latest run made the usual financial impact.

Thanks to the efforts of Haines, together with the backing of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Dart, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young colleagues, family and friends, Feed Our Future’s plans to launch a summer food program for children in need is on track to become a reality this summer.

Haines last week handed over $32,000 to Stephanie Wight of Rotary Grand Cayman, Stacey VanDevelde, chairwoman of Feed Our Future, and Christina McLaughlin, a Dart representative.

VanDevelde said, “Summer represents a long stretch of missed meals for those children who rely on a subsidized school lunch. Summer should be a carefree time, especially for children, but for many of the children we serve, summer means hunger. Children who usually rely on school meals have nowhere to go for breakfast and lunch when school is out.”

With an agreed action plan and financial target, Haines undertook his challenge in support of Feed Our Future’s mission, successfully completing the Cayman Islands marathon last month while also securing enough community backing to achieve the target. In typical modest manner, Haines said, “I am so pleased that we met the target.”

Feed Our Future is now in its third year of operation. Recognizing that there is a need to continue delivering nutritional meals to children at risk during the school breaks, the start of a summer meal program is high on the foundation’s agenda for this year.

For additional information on Feed Our Future or how to support the summer food program, visit www.feedourfuturecayman.org.