Inaugural triathlon raises $1,000 for charity

Kendall Ebanks, left, presents the check to Ben Hart, founder of the Hart for Hearts charity.

A triathlon around central George Town has raised just under $1,000 for the Hart for Hearts charity in Cayman.

Flashy Nation Sports donated the money to help families with the costs associated with pediatric congenital heart defects. Eighty competitors, some in teams, participated in Flashy Nation Sports’ inaugural Paradise Triathlon around a central George Town loop on July 10.

Kendall Ebanks, event organizer and founder of Flashy Nation Sports, said choosing Hart for Hearts as the beneficiary was an easy decision.

“My family has a long list of heart problems that I’ve lost numerous family members to, my father included. If I can be of any assistance in helping other families that may have to go through similar problems, it makes me a happy man,” he said.

These problems, he added, come with a big financial burden and he would like to help others with those costs by making a donation.

“Everyone should have an opportunity, and that’s what I am trying to help Ben [Hart] with by donating,” he said.

Ben Hart, the charity’s founder, said when Mr. Ebanks approached him saying that the cause was close to his heart and he would like to assist, he was very appreciative.

“I certainly didn’t know he was organizing an entire event. For Kendall to take his own time to set up a triathlon event on his own, and donate the proceeds to this new cause, was incredible. It humbled and enthused me.”

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