Haines tackles outback for local food bank

Derek Haines gives a double thumbs-up sign during April's Mount Mee Marathon in Australia. Mr. Haines competed as part of his fundraising effort for the Cayman Islands Good Samaritan Food Bank.

Local marathoner Derek Haines, accompanied by daughter Lizzy, completed the arduous Mount Mee Marathon in Australia, to raise funds for the Cayman Islands Good Samaritan Food Bank.

The funds that Derek is raising are earmarked to purchase equipment for the food bank, such as a walk-in refrigerator and walk-in freezer.

The marathon course was located about a 1.5-hour drive northwest of Brisbane, in the Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve.

More than 20 miles of the 26.2-mile course is on steep forest tracks that were also slippery after early rain with plenty of rocks and branches to trip the unwary.

With 47 people participating in last month’s race, the Haineses finished in the top 30, with a time of 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Cayman’s recently opened food bank helps more than 200 people per week. Local grocery stores, distributors and restaurants – including Foster’s Food Fair, Progressive Distributors and Topimex – contribute the bulk of the food items for the food bank.

The food bank repackages and distributes the items to various established food delivery programs, acts as a centralized point for food distribution and helps to coordinate distribution efforts.

Any donated food that is not fit for human consumption is instead cooked and delivered to the Cayman Islands Humane Society.

The food bank is seeking additional partners, including restaurants and hotels, but also businesses that host events that result in leftover food.

Donations to Mr. Haines’ fundraising effort for the food bank can be made to the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, referencing “Food Bank” on the check or online transaction field. Interested people can also contact [email protected] to obtain the Food Bank’s account information.

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