Paddleboarders aim to make a splash for Cayman charities

A family fun day is planned for public beach on Sunday.

A beach fun day with free paddleboard lessons and a group paddle on Sunday will be the first in a series of events to raise money for foster children and youngsters with special needs in the Cayman Islands.

Organized by the group Keep Calm and Paddle On, the goal is to raise awareness, as well as money, for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ foster home and for the Special Needs Foundation Cayman.

The event, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Public Beach on Seven Mile Beach, will feature kids races, paddleboard yoga and free smoothies.

The day will finish with a group ride from Public Beach to Governors Beach and back. Boards will be provided for those who do not have their own.

“We are aiming to get as many people as possible out on the water at once to make a spectacular sight,” said Yaz Muratagic, one of the organizers and the founder of Keep Calm and Paddle On.

A bartender and paddleboard instructor, Mr. Muratagic set up the group several years ago as part of a fundraising paddle across western Canada.
Now the organization has expanded and is putting on multiple events. A bingo night and lip sync battle have also been organized, while Mr. Muratagic will paddle around the island over three days at the end of July to raise money.

He will attempt another long-distance journey in an area of Canada later in the year.

Proceeds from all the events will be split evenly between the two charities, said Nik Tatarkin, who is also organizing the fundraising effort and will take part in the long-distance paddle in Canada.

“We want to bring people out to the beach, have a good time and raise awareness for these causes,” he said.

The lip-sync battle is scheduled for June 24 at Harquail Theatre. Hosted by television news reporter Joe Avary and Discover Cayman’s Monica Walton, the friendly competition will feature 12 people sponsored by various businesses.

Tickets are $25 per person, and all proceeds go to the charities.

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