Runners of all ages and abilities will have a chance to contribute to several charities and causes by taking part in one run later this month.

The registration for the 2018 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge began on April 1, and the race will be held in all three islands. The event, led by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, aims to raise $60,000 for five charities or initiatives across the three islands.

The three charities on Grand Cayman are Feed Our Future, Meals on Wheels and the Kiwanis Buy-A-Kid-Breakfast Program. Cayman Brac runners will raise money for providing meals at the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre, and Little Cayman runners will raise money for a “grow box” at the island’s school.

“I am delighted to say that people can now register for the 2018 DG’s 5K Challenge at www.caymanactive.com/dg5K,” said Mr. Manderson as part of an official press release.

“I challenge everybody across the islands to sign up and take part. It’s a great community event in which we are not only keeping fit, but raising funds for good causes at the same time.”

Last year, nearly 2,000 participants took place in the run in Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman. And this year represents the first time that the race will be held on Little Cayman.

“It’s easy to be critical of the problems we face in our community but I urge everyone to come together and be a part of the solution,” said Mr. Manderson. “This year, our focus is on food, nutrition and well-being. The causes I have chosen all make a profound difference to the people they are assisting.”

The DG’s 5K Challenge has been held every year since 2014, and it brings together civil servants, private sector employees and members of the public for a fitness and fundraising challenge. Mr. Manderson hopes to benefit charitable organizations while also making the civil service more active and engaged.

The race has raised a total of $207,500 since its inaugural running, including $85,000 last year to build a ropes challenge course for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands. That course is currently being built.

The cash raised by the race is a combination of registration fees from event participants and corporate sponsorship pledges. Offshore law firm Appleby donated $15,000 as the platinum sponsor.

The race takes place April 15 on Cayman Brac, April 22 on Little Cayman and April 29 on Grand Cayman.

Registration is $25 for ages 18 and older and $10 for 17 and younger.

Companies or individuals interested in making a donation can contact Fundraising Subcommittee Chairwoman Nancy Barnard at [email protected]

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