Ribbins Ride brings in $6,000 for HospiceCare

More than 90 cyclists joined in the Pete Ribbins Memorial Ride.

The fourth annual Pete Ribbins Memorial Ride last Sunday raised almost $6,000 for HospiceCare.

Master of ceremonies Kevin Morales presents a prize to 8-year-old cyclist Nathin Irving, visiting from New Jersey, who took part in the 10km ride with his father Euclid Irving.
Master of ceremonies Kevin Morales presents a prize to 8-year-old cyclist Nathin Irving, visiting from New Jersey, who took part in the 10km ride with his father Euclid Irving.

More than 90 cyclists ranging in age from 8 to 72 took part in either the 40km or 10km rides.

The money for HospiceCare was raised through registrations for the race as well as donations from Consolidated Water’s Cayman and U.S. staff, which were matched by the company.

The ride, inaugurated as part of Consolidated Water’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2013, is held in honor of the company’s late general manager, Peter Ribbins, who was cared for by HospiceCare and who was an active member of the Cayman sporting community.

John Tonner, chief operating officer of Consolidated Water and founder of the event, said in a press release, “It was great to have the weather cooperate and for the sun to shine on an event that supports a cause as worthy as Cayman Hospice. The good folks at Hospice help so many in the community, including our old friend Pete Ribbins, and they do so during stressful and emotional times.

“It is hard work that they do and we are happy to support them. We would like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to the police and Red Cross who helped keep everyone safe and for all the local businesses who donated prizes which were raffled off to reward participants of all ages.”

He added, “We are already looking forward to next year’s event and discussing how to grow it so we can support the great work that Hospice does.”

The ride started and ended at the Abel Castillo Water Works in Governors Harbour. Kevin Morales of Cayman 27’s “Let’s Talk Sports” was the master of ceremonies.

Kerrie McMillan, in charge of operations and fundraising at Cayman HospiceCare, said, “It is always such a pleasure to be involved in the Pete Ribbins Memorial Ride.

“It is a fun, family friendly event in memory of a wonderful person, and Cayman HospiceCare, as the beneficiary, is extremely grateful to all those who participate.”

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