Cool donation for new HospiceCare facility

Once Derek Haines’s million-dollar effort to help create a new Cayman HospiceCare facility is completed, the center will be able to avail of a geothermal cooling system.

Local company GeoCayman, a division of NCB Group, announced this week it will donate the plans, installation services and a geothermal cooling systems at cost for the new 5,000 square foot building.

According to a statement from the company, HospiceCare will be able to reduce its overall operating costs with this type of cooling system.

GeoCayman owner John Van Ryswyk said, “Using geothermal cooling will allow Cayman HospiceCare to save substantial money on their monthly Caribbean Utilities [Company] bills, save the energy required to heat water and will save them from having to replace their conventional air conditioning units every 5-7 years.”

Mr. Haines, who has completed four out of six marathons in his bid to raise a million dollars for the new hospice facility, said he was grateful for companies such as NCB Group and GeoCayman and the outpouring of support he has received from the community.

“Raising money to build the facility is one thing, but when we have companies whose vision is to help reduce our long-term operating costs, it’s extremely helpful,” he said.

Mr. Haines said his fundraising drive has now reached $700,000, following a recent donation of $7,000. His next marathon is in Dublin on Oct. 27. The final one is the Cayman Islands Marathon on Dec. 7.

Donations can be made through the website at or through the Digicel and LIME text initiative.

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