Derek Haines is rearing to go to maintain his $1 million challenge in his third of six marathons for the year this weekend to fund a new Cayman HospiceCare building in Camana Bay and his total has just been boosted by another $100,000 donation.
Haines was also given another $5,000 on Friday when arriving to work as head of security at Dart Enterprises from a Camana Bay tenant.
So far, he has raised around $577,000, not including the figures that are the “in kind” pledges of land, services and materials.
The latest donation of $100,000 to the Hospice Challenge comes from the Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association, or CIREBA, on Monday, Mr. Haines said.
“Jennifer Grant-McCarthy, operations and fund manager for HospiceCare met with the board and the members were unanimous in their support. If you can excuse the pun, I can tell you that our Rotary Challenge Committee raised the roof when told of the news.
“It is a very generous donation and the CIREBA President Michael Day and his board, are to be congratulated for their support. This is helping all of the people in the Cayman Islands and this donation has put us at 57 percent towards our goal with the halfway marathon still to be run. Wonderful.”
Mr. Haines will do the 26.2 mile run in Pamplona, Spain, with daughter Lizzy on Sunday and seems on target to reach that magic seven-figure mark.
His training has gone well after completing the Paris and London marathons in April in successive weekends and he has now run more than 1,100 miles this year in training and competition.
Although he admits he has felt tired on occasions, his overall fitness and condition is good and hopefully he will not pick up any injuries or colds in the next few days.
“I am tapering now ready for Pamplona on Sunday,” Mr. Haines said. He trained a half marathon distance on Saturday and a couple of light runs will follow in the build-up.
CIREBA joins Peter and Julia Kandiah, Trevor and Liz Watkins, together with Deutshe Bank (Cayman) as $100,000 partners.
Mr. Haines also met with Bill McCabe, head of LIME in Cayman, last week, who is keen for LIME to become involved and he is excited that Brian Hurley, commercial director of Digicel Cayman had a meeting with Mr. McCabe on Friday with the intention of both companies working in partnership to assist the cause.
“As always, it is heart warming to receive so many messages and the shouts of encouragement as I am out running,” Mr. Haines said.
“Folks have really got behind this appeal and supporting with amounts both little and large. Rotaract Blue have also joined in and will be fund raising in support at local stores. All great stuff,” he said.
Australia-based Lizzy is in fine shape and will have to hold back to run with her father but that is what she always intended to do. He anticipates he will finish around the four hour mark.
She is also planning to come to Cayman in time to run the final marathon with him in December.
The 27-year-old emergency room doctor and registrar ran a 45km Mount Mee trail race near Brisbane three weeks ago. The race is billed as the toughest in Australia and she was second female.
“My usual running partner Cynthia Hew is also hoping to run the Cayman [marathon] so I will have super support for the last race,” he said.
As Pamplona starts at 8 p.m., Mr. Haines is hoping for temperatures in the mid-60s Fahrenheit range. Possible showers are forecast. Pamplona is about 1,600 feet above sea level so the altitude should not be a problem.
“The generosity and support for this challenge has been fantastic,” he said. “I have a great team from the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman working with me, Governor Helen Kilpatrick is terrific in her role as patron, and HospiceCare chair Chris Duggan and head of operations Jennifer Grant-Mcarthy have been very energetic in promoting the effort. I am more than confident that this challenge will succeed. It just needs us all to join in.”
To make a donation, visit www.six4hospicecare.com.