Young cyclist donates $3,700 to charities

Alex Dailey hands over a check for more than $3,700 to representatives of three charities, from left, Jennifer Weber of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, Lucy Brewer of One Dog at a Time and Kerrie McMillan from Cayman HospiceCare. The money was divided among the charities.

Nine-year-old Alex Dailey, who took part in a bicycle ride across Iowa this summer, has donated the money he raised to three local charities.

The Cayman Prep student, his father Tim and another rider from Cayman, Sarah Burton, spent seven days cycling across the U.S. state in the Des Moines Register’s Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, known as RAGBRAI, along with thousands of cyclists from around the world.

This week, Alex handed over a check for $3,710 to be divided among the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, One Dog at a Time and Cayman HospiceCare. Tim Dailey said his son averaged 25 to 30 miles a day on the ride, and while he did not cover the entire 468-mile route by bike – sitting out some of the longer legs in the support vehicle – his efforts were fairly impressive for a rider so young.

After Alex made the donation outside the Cancer Society headquarters in George Town, he received a special accolade from the operations director, Jennifer Weber.

“The Cancer Society has a special ribbon it gives to certain donors … it contains all the colors of the different cancer ribbons. [Ms. Weber] said it had only been given to two other people on island,” Tim Dailey said.