Swimmers crossed 7 miles of open sea late last month to raise awareness of a new charity on island – Enough Stuff.
Starting at dawn from the Cayman Islands Yacht Club on Sunday, April 26, 15 swimmers and 18 support crew boarded the Stingray City tourist boat Moby Dick and headed out to Starfish Point, accompanied by four support boats, a couple of Jet Skis and kayaks supplied by Sea Elements.
Former Olympian Darren Mew led the pack, closely followed by Elaine Gomez and her support team. They were gradually followed by each of the remaining participants.
Waiting with great anticipation at the finish at the yacht club were a group of vocal supporters led by Governor Helen Kilpatrick, who greeted each of the swimmers as they made it back to dry land.
The event was organized by Claire Roscoe, who also swam, in order to raise awareness of Enough Stuff.
The Enough Stuff concept is organized through children’s schools where kids having parties elect not to receive a long list of expendable and often unwanted presents but rather choose to receive cash donations, half of which the child keeps to buy something they really want and the other half is pooled by the school. The children get to research and choose which charity to donate the balance to at the end of each term.
At the brunch following the swim, attended by Education Minister Tara Rivers and education councilor Winston Connolly, as well as several teachers and principals from local schools who expressed interest in having the children launch the project in their own schools.
The governor, in her address, applauded the efforts of the participants and welcomed and endorsed the Enough Stuff initiative.