Golf carts race for charities

Kirk Supermarket’s parking lot on Sunday will be the site of golf cart races to raise money for and promote awareness of two local charities. 

In the “Great Race for Grace,” 10 participants will race carts around a circuit, and two golf carts will be auctioned to raise money for the Frances Bodden Girls Home and for Feed our Future.  

Qualifying is at 10 a.m. and the race starts at noon. 

The project is a joint effort of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Five Mile Capital, Aqua Nirvana and the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre. 

Aqua Nirvana donated the money to build two golf carts that will be auctioned. The carts were designed and built by seven students, six girls and one boy, from the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre. Under the leadership of the school’s engineering director, Tom Sperandeo, they learned not only about building electric cars, but also about teamwork and responsibility. 

“It felt really good to be able to build the golf carts and to support a local charity that provides assistance to so many young people,” said student Nikita Parsons, who worked on the golf carts. “We learned a lot about teamwork from the staff at The Ritz and really enjoyed the hands-on experience. It was a lot of fun building the golf carts and learning about the mechanics.  

“I really appreciate the experience and would like to thank everyone involved for giving us this opportunity.” 

The students worked over four Saturdays at The Ritz-Carlton to assemble the two golf carts.  

Margaret Jackson, head of the careers advisory service at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre, said, “The project has been a really worthwhile experience for the young people.”  

Students from the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre with one of the two golf carts they built for the race.