The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman exploded in applause at the weekly meeting when Mike Austin presented a check for $50,000 on behalf the Aall Foundation to Derek Haines in support of his marathon challenge to build a new hospice facility in Grand Cayman.
Also at the presentation at the Westin Hotel last Thursday was Brian Hurley, president of the RCGC.
Haines has completed five of the six marathons in his $1 million challenge, with the final one being in Cayman on Dec. 7.
He said, “This is a very generous donation by the Aall Foundation and brings the total of donations and pledges to $800,000.”
“My thanks go to Aall and to Mike who has been the driving force behind obtaining this donation and has also donated personally,” Haines said. “We still have a way to go and I am hoping for a further surge of support to take us to the goal by the time I reach the tape in the final race.”
Haines added that some people had been watching how things progressed before committing and he admitted that it looked too ambitious at the start, but he urged them all to join in now. “We are so close to success and I know that the new hospice facility will become a reality,” he said, adding that the support he receives inspires him to train harder and get through tough stages.
Besides the monetary donations and pledges, support for the challenge has been offered by local companies to supply materials and services.
Austin said, “The Aall foundation is committed to support worthwhile charities and the trustees have been impressed by the efforts to raise funds for this much needed hospice facility in Cayman.
“Most people have had experience with Cayman HospiceCare and know that it provides tremendous support to the terminally ill and their relatives and friends. We are pleased to be able to help and I also urge everyone to assist as best they can.”
For more information on the $1 million challenge, and to donate, go to www.six4hospice.com.