Cayman Water Company held its third annual Pete Ribbins Memorial Ride last Sunday and through registrations and donations from the company’s Cayman and U.S. staff, raised $3,185.
All proceeds were matched by Cayman Water Company, bringing the total donated to Cayman HospiceCare to $6,370.
The ride was inaugurated as part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2013. The event was held in honor of the company’s late general manager, Peter Ribbins, who was cared for by HospiceCare and who had been an active member of the Cayman sporting community.
Danielle Coleman of Cayman HospiceCare said, “Cayman HospiceCare is extremely grateful to Cayman Water and to all the cyclists, volunteers and spectators that were involved in this year’s Pete Ribbins Memorial Charity Ride.
“The event was a huge success with almost 100 cyclists participating. Proceeds from the ride will go directly to ensuring that hospice services remain at no cost to all persons in the Cayman Islands with a terminal illness.”
Similar to last year’s ride, the turnout was overwhelming, as cyclists participated in the 40km and 10km leisurely rides, with ages ranging from 8 to 75. There were plenty of refreshments and giveaways.
Kevin Morales of “Let’s Talk Sports” was the engaging emcee of the event. It was also well supported by the many local businesses that provided a variety of giveaways for the post-ride draw. Special gifts were given to the youngest and oldest cyclists, Joseph Duggan and Ottmar Weber, respectively.
Frederick McTaggart, CEO of Consolidated Water, said, “We were very pleased to sponsor the third annual Pete Ribbins Memorial Bike Ride and thank all riders that braved the hot weather and participated. We look forward to holding the event again next year.”
Cayman Water Company COO John Tonner, an avid cyclist who came up with idea for the event, led the ride.