Derek Haines is on target for the $1 million he is hoping to raise to fund a new Cayman HospiceCare building, and the organization’s chairman Chris Duggan is really appreciative.
Haines once again ran an incredible race, finishing fractionally over four hours on Sunday despite the hilly terrain of the San Francisco course. It was the fourth of his six 26.2-mile marathons and brought the amount raised or pledged to $615,000.
Duggan said Haines was disappointed not to get under four hours mark, but just to finish in that time given the undulating roads was “an outstanding accomplishment, and once again Derek should be very proud of his achievement.
“Derek continues to amaze us all with his determination, commitment and resiliency and I cannot express how appreciative we are for what he is doing for Cayman HospiceCare,” Duggan said.
He added that although the fundraising has waned slightly, he is hoping that with a concerted effort in the next few months they can reach the $1 million mark.
It will not be through lack of trying as the community effort continues with new ideas to help the cause. A hurriedly arranged 6K run at Camana Bay on Sunday added around $700 to the target. Thirty-six started the run that was won by swimming coach Dominic Ross. Triathlete Paul Schreiner pushed his stroller, and martial arts exponent David Reid used the opportunity to also exercise his energetic dog Snuggles.
“We are really very appreciative of the overwhelming support that the community has given to this campaign and to Cayman HospiceCare,” Duggan said. “The new building will very much be a testament to how a community can come together to achieve incredible results.”