Deputy Governor Franz Manderson’s 5K walk/run to raise money toward the $1 million target for a new Cayman HospiceCare building was deemed an unqualified success.
“Running for the New Hospice” on Sunday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex drew a tremendous response, particularly from civil servants, with nearly 500 people participating.
Fastest finisher was Jason Saunders in 17 minutes 41 seconds. Pedro Lopez Ramos (19:36) was second, and Samuel Young (19:51) was third.
Haines ran too and said he was pleased that the funds will add to the $420,000 already raised or pledged. Chris Duggan, chairman of Cayman HospiceCare, watched with delight.
Haines has completed two of six marathons as part of his HospiceCare $1 million Challenge. His next race is the Pamplona, Spain, marathon on June 28. Manderson said, “The turnout was overwhelming from both the civil service and the private sector, and this is a testament to what can happen when they get together.
“This is an amazing result and achievement. I want to give a big thank you to everyone who came out, including all the government departments. It is a very proud moment for all of us.”
Manderson promised this event will continue next year, and he hopes to improve on his time of 31 minutes too. He said that between $7,000 and $8,000 is expected to be raised.
“We thought we might have around 250, so to get these numbers is overwhelming,” he said. “Everybody is super-excited. Some people didn’t think they could do a 5K but still came out and helped raise money for HospiceCare at the same time.”
He added that when he started the Monday afternoon walk/run program from the Government Administration Building three months ago, some could barely walk 2 miles, yet they comfortably did the 5K on Sunday.
“The Monday night group is growing, and after this I believe it will get even better.”
To contribute to Derek Haines’s fund, go to www.six4hospice.com.