Money raised from Sunday’s 5K Walk/Run for The Pines Retirement Home will help pay for a four-seat wheelchair bus to replace the one-seat model the home uses now.
The bus will allow more daycare residents to be picked up and dropped off, and will be used to take the home’s residents to and from medical appointments, daily outings and other weekly events.
“This wheelchair bus is so important to our residents. It will allow us to pick up more daycare clients, where many are not mobile, but would love to enjoy each other’s company sharing the marl road, thus helping them improve their social lives, their self-esteem, their well-being and happiness,” said Lynda Mitchell, manager of The Pines.
The walk/run will take place at Safehaven, with the walk beginning at 6:30 a.m., and runners setting off at 7 a.m. The route begins and ends at the Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman.
Participants are welcome to bring their dogs along for some exercise as long as they are well behaved and up for the distance, organizers said. Those who don’t have a pet but who would like a buddy on the walk or run, can arrange with the Humane Society beforehand to take a dog out for the event.
Afterward, refreshments will be provided and trophies and medals will be distributed, as well as surprise prizes, in men’s and women’s categories.
The inaugural 5K, which took place in 2015 after Paul Williams approached Mitchell with the idea, attracted 150 participants and raised $3,000 for The Pines to provide personal items to the approximately 42 residents and daycare clients they care for.
“We are so grateful to Paul Williams, his committee and sponsors for their thoughtfulness and compassion for our residents,” said Mitchell. “Very little is given to the elderly because they are often forgotten. We must remember that the elderly are part of the fabric of our community, and that we still have much to learn from them, and we owe them so very much.”
All of the event day expenses for the 2016 Walk/Run, such as T-shirts and banners, have been paid for or donated by generous sponsors.
Entry fee $15, and 185 event T-shirts are available to participants on a first-come first-served basis. To register, visit CaymanActive.com or register at Safehaven from 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. Registration closes once the event begins. For more information, call 328-2850 or email ThePines5K@yahoo.com.