A 5K walk/run over the long weekend raised more than $4,500 to assist The Pines retirement home with the purchase of a new bus.
More than 300 participants, including Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, took part in the Young at Heart 5K walk/run from SafeHaven.
The bus, which can carry four wheelchairs, will allow The Pines to pick up more day-care clients, said Lynda Mitchell, acting manager at The Pines.
“Many are not mobile but would love to enjoy each other’s company, sharing the ‘marl road.’ It also helps to improve their social lives, their self-esteem, well-being and happiness,” Ms. Mitchell said.
She said The Pines is grateful to Paul Williams, his committee and sponsors for their thoughtfulness and compassion for the home’s residents.
“Very little is given to the elderly. They are often forgotten, and 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,” she said.
The walk/run, she said, is the first of several fundraisers to come.
Mr. Williams, a runner and founder of the walk/run, said he started the fundraiser last year to show his love for the elderly.
“I know there are lots of people at The Pines who have contributed so much to … society and the little resource they have cannot keep them. I believe it is fitting to show them some love in whatever way I can to make their life a little bit more meaningful,” said Mr. Williams.
Mr. Williams, who came to Cayman in 1981, believes it is right to make an impact in the community where one lives. He says if anyone knows an elderly person who needs assistance with house painting or yard work for free, they can contact him on 328-2850.
His sights already on next year’s walk/run, Mr. Williams is hoping for at least 500 participants, and to exceed this year’s donations.
“We already counted $4,500 and money is still coming in,” he said. “I am hoping we make around $6,000 this year.”