The Hash House Harriers have provided Special Olympics Cayman Islands with the first donation leading up to the 2019 World Games. Next March, 30 Cayman athletes and 15 coaches will head to Abu Dhabi to compete in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
The event will draw 7,000 athletes from 175 different countries, and Special Olympics Cayman Islands will need several donations to send its local delegation to compete on the world stage. Hash House Harriers contributed $1,500 to the cause.
“Our athletes have always excelled at these games and I know they will make us all very proud in 2019. It really will be a life-changing experience for them,” said Nick Freeland, the fundraising director and past chair for Special Olympics Cayman Islands. “We need to raise CI$250,000 over the next year to be able to meet this expense,” he said.
Richard Johnson of Hash House Harriers said his organization was thrilled to be a part of the effort. “As an amateur society, the club traditionally donates the profits from our Cross Island Relay to Special Olympics Cayman Islands in support of their ongoing programs which help their athletes to lead more fulfilling and self-sufficient lives through participation in sports and competition,” he said. “We’re so pleased that our donation this year will support their World Games fundraising efforts.”