The second annual Save Our Youth Monster Dash on Oct. 22 at Camana Bay raised money to help fund SOY’s youth-centered initiatives held throughout the year, including the SOY Achievement Medallion Awards, the SOY Club, the SOY Community Service Awards, SOY Student of the Month Awards and the SOY Second Chance program.

Last year’s fastest runners again took top honors, with Derek Larner and Juan Pablo Valerio finishing first in the adult and youth categories, respectively.

Many of the runners turned out in costumes, including a Ninja Turtle, as a warm-up to Halloween events.

SOY President Iris Stoner said she was encouraged by the larger turnout for this year’s event and grateful for all of the community and corporate support.

“As this is a relatively new event on Cayman’s fundraising calendar, we were very gratified to have more people take part, especially youngsters and families,” she said.

“The atmosphere was great and everyone was very positive about participating. It was fantastic to see so many people running in costume.”

Ms. Stoner noted that SOY is a small organization with great ambitions to empower and motivate Cayman’s youth, so fundraising and public support is crucial.

She thanked all the sponsors who donated money and resources to make the Monster Dash a success, including Dart and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, among others.

“We are looking forward to making the Monster Dash bigger and better every year. We hope to see even more people join this fun event in 2017 with their friends and families and, of course, wearing costumes,” Ms. Stoner added.

For more information, email Save Our Youth foundation at [email protected]

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  1. Such an important event and so little attention. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t see any, how to say it properly without offending anyone…Caymanian faces. Why? The future of any country is in its youth. Males in the Cayman Islands are in serious trouble, particularly young men. The gap between males and female achievements is deepening.
    Ignoring this will have dire consequences for the future of the Cayman Islands.
    No country can advance toward diversified knowledge-based society without investing in its youth. How many boys pursue tertiary education? How many meet the requirements to enter the university? Young Caymanians joining the labour market lack skills and qualifications needed to compete in today’s economy, as well as appropriate soft skills.
    There is a Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports in the Cayman Islands. I wanted to see the National development strategy programs and projects, so I clicked on the “Children and Youth Services (CAYS) Foundation” hyperlink on their web page and it returned with “Not Found” message. The page says “Last Updated 2014-01-17”.
    Needless to say anything else.