RBC golf tournament raises more than $50,000 for Red Cross

Olympian volleyball player among golfers in charity event

Members of the winning team Solomon Harris, Kai McGriele, second from left, and Tom Wright, third from left, with RBC Olympian Jamie Broder, far left, and RBC Country Manager and Area VP Omari Corbin. Not pictured, team members Clive Gibbon and David Lambotte.

RBC Royal Bank’s latest golf tournament raised more than $50,000 for the Cayman Islands Red Cross.

This year, the 19th in which the bank has partnered with the charity, saw more than 100 golfers take part, including Olympian volleyball player Jamie Broder. The tournament was won by the Solomon Harris team.

Broder, from Victoria, British Columbia, is one of Canada’s top beach volleyball players. She and her partner Kristina Valjas recently competed in the Rio Olympics for Team Canada in beach volleyball.

Growing up, Broder was a multi-sport athlete before deciding to focus on indoor volleyball while completing her bachelor of commerce degree at the University of British Columbia. During her time at UBC, she captained the team to their first Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championship in over 30 years.

During her weekend in Cayman, she participated in a volleyball clinic for Cayman youth, as well as an “Olympic Challenge” where golfers and volleyball athletes competed against each other.

RBC Country Manager and Area VP, Personal Banking, Omari Corbin, said in a press release, “We encourage participation, as each year this event offers fun for all while raising money toward a worthy cause. We are also grateful for all the volunteers who ensured that all aspects of the tournament ran efficiently.”

One of the largest fundraisers for the CIRC, the money raised at the event directly benefits the four main program areas of the Cayman Islands Red Cross: Disaster management; first aid and CPR training; child protection education; and volunteer development.

Director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross, Jondo Obi, explained that, “For 55 years, the Red Cross has supported families and individuals in the Cayman Islands. The funds raised at this event are instrumental for us to continue offering aid to those who desperately need it. We are extremely grateful for the continued support of RBC Royal Bank, as well as all our sponsors and volunteers.”

Ms. Obi added, “One hundred percent of the money raised through this tournament stays in the Cayman Islands and goes directly toward supporting the incredible work of the Red Cross. We encourage all businesses and community members to consider participating in the event next year.”

Other supporting sponsors for the 2016 event were the North Sound Golf Club, Foster’s Food Fair, Mise en Place, GT Automotive, Car City, Trac, Breeze FM, Radio Cayman and Quick Images.