Donalds runs for Estella's cause

One of the runners in this weekend’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon has entered to raise awareness and funds for the Estella Scott Roberts Foundation. 

Patrice Donalds is being sponsored by Quick Images as she runs the 13.1 miles of the half-marathon on Sunday. 

The Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation helps women and children in Cayman who are victims of violence and abuse. It also campaigns for gender equality. 

Donalds is seeking pledges to best guess what her finishing time will be. Her goal is under 2 hours, 30 minutes, with her maximum time to be 3 hours and 30 minutes. 

The closest guess – within 10 minutes – to her actual completion time will be declared the winner, secure bragging rights, and will participate in the check presentation to the Estella Scott Roberts Foundation. 

All pledges must be made via email by midnight Dec. 6, with monies received at Quick Images no later than 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7. All proceeds collected will be presented to the foundation on Dec. 9. 

Finishing time guesses can be made by email on [email protected] by Friday, Dec. 4. 

Checks, made payable to the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, should be dropped to the Quick Images office on Dorcy Drive. 

Supporting the work of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation is something Donalds is passionate about. 

She was once the victim of domestic abuse and she came to understand the importance of having a strong support system when she was fearing for her life and the safety of her family. 

Estella Scott-Roberts was an outspoken campaigner on women and children’s issues and rights in the Cayman Islands. 

Widely respected for her involvement in the establishment and management of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, she served for five years as the executive director of the first and only 24-hour shelter for abused women and their children. 

Tragically, she became the most well-known victim of this type of crime. On the night of Oct. 10, 2008, after celebrating her 33rd birthday, she was abducted, raped and murdered. 

Estella’s husband, Rayle Roberts, described her life as a light that shone brilliantly. 

Mr. Roberts created an organization that would continue to address the social issues that she passionately supported, and on Oct. 31, 2008, the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, a licensed non-profit company in the Cayman Islands, became the reality of his vision. 

The main function of the foundation is to provide funds, in the form of grants, to organizations that work toward achieving its vision. 

For further information, or to donate to the fundraising effort, email Jana Bush-Pouchie at [email protected] 

Patrice Donalds

Patrice Donalds