Derek Haines is confident that the $1 million target toward a new building for Cayman HospiceCare will be achieved when he finishes the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on Sunday.
A recent surge in donations has boosted the fund to $900,000, and when Mr. Haines crosses the line in his sixth and final 26.2-mile race of the year, he hopes that magic figure will be crossed too.
He has completed marathons in Paris, London, Pamplona, San Francisco and Dublin since April after launching the $1m challenge at the Governor’s residence the previous month.
Governor Helen Kilpatrick is patron of his campaign and she will be there at the last stretch to congratulate him. The race starts at 5 a.m. beside Breezes by the Bay on the waterfront, and Mr. Haines expects to complete it in just over four hours.
“As I come over the tape, I want to know that we’ve also come over the tape in the $1m,” Mr. Haines said.
“It’s been fantastic all the way through, the support I’ve received. Considering we only started in March, to have raised so much in only nine months is heartwarming, and I’m truly grateful to everyone who has contributed from the big $100,000 donations to the dreadlocked man on his bicycle who gave me $6, one for every marathon.”
Mr. Haines added that he is grateful for the community support he has received from numerous individuals, businesses and organizations and mentioned that all ESSO gas stations are donating 5 cents from every gallon they sell until the New Year. “That should raise between $30,000 and $40,000 alone,” he said.
In addition to the Governor, others at the finishing stretch will be the 66-year-old Englishman’s wife Helen, his training partner Cindy Hew, and his daughter Lizzy, who is coming over from Australia where she lives and is running the whole thing separately.
“All the ladies in my life dear to me will be beside me at the end,” he smiled.
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