Walkers and runners invited to Sept. 27 event
Recreational runners, athletes in training and supporters of a good cause are invited to take part in the Hope Foundation’s Walk/Run for Recovery on Sept. 27.
The last such event raised around $2,000 for the foundation’s halfway home for those recovering from alcohol and or substance addictions. Operations manager Brent Hydes said he would like to double that amount this year.
He pointed out that the cost of running the halfway house program is $100,000 per year, with the majority of that going to rent and utilities.
By comparison, Northward Prison’s annual budget is $17.2 million, which averages out to $69,000 per inmate, according to the legislature’s budget discussions in June.
Residents at the halfway house do their own cooking and cleaning. Those with jobs are expected to take some responsibility for their food and personal items. All have responsibilities for the maintenance of the house and yard.
In 2014, 16 people completed their term of residence. “They are continuing to do well, continuing with a 12-step recovery program,” Mr. Hydes said.
With accommodation for a maximum of 10 people, the halfway house currently has seven residents.
The Hope Foundation’s budget comes from businesses and individuals in the community.
Mr. Hydes identified another reason for the Sunday event – to raise awareness of the foundations’s work according to its motto, “helping people help themselves.”
His hope is that the event will be of interest not only to the physically active who complete the course, but to anyone attracted by raffle prizes that include a weekend for two at the Westin, a LIME smartphone, and lunches and dinners at popular restaurants.
The event starts at the Public Beach on Seven Mile Beach at 6 a.m. and follows the same route as last year – to Morgan’s Harbour in West Bay and back.
Participation in the 5k walk/run is free, and trophies will be awarded in both male and female categories. The fundraising comes from raffle tickets, which cost $25.
To register for the run, call 928-9099 or 326-6783. More information about the halfway house program can be obtained at www.caymanhopefoundation.com.