The annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Irish Jog at the Britannia Golf Club will raise money for Cayman’s ARK – Acts of Random Kindness – this year.

The popular jog, hosted by Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited and Dart Enterprises Ltd, is celebrating its 26th anniversary.

Each year, the Irish Jog’s organizing committee asks local charities to send in requests to be the recipient of the funds raised by the event.

ARK’s motto is “changing one life at a time.” It is a grassroots organization that frequently steps up to help those in the community who cannot find assistance anywhere else.

Tara Neilsen, founder of ARK, said, “I cannot thank the committee enough for its support and the tremendous news that ARK has been chosen as the charity for the Irish Jog this year. What a wonderful and positive start to 2018 for ARK and those we support.”

Mike McWatt, managing director of Butterfield, said ARK’s commitment to improving the lives of the less fortunate stood out, particularly the charity’s housing and education program, which, he added, reflected the Irish Jog’s “own community-oriented focus on encouraging healthy, happy family life.”

Chris Duggan, vice president of Community Development at Dart Enterprises, said, “The Irish Jog is embraced by the whole community and we really felt that ARK’s ethos of ‘paying it forward’ and the power of kindness to strangers really resonated with the values and spirit of our own event. We’re hoping for another record-breaking year in 2018 and encourage anyone, no matter what fitness level, to sign up to benefit such a great cause.”

This year’s Irish Jog will start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16. Registration details can be found on

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