Island Heritage Insurance is gearing up for its annual CharityDrive, set this year for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Now in its eighth year, the CharityDrive is one of the island’s most highly anticipated charitable events, through which the company has donated more than $230,000 to some 18 different local charities.

This year’s participating charities are looking forward to next week’s event where they will each have a dedicated day to encourage the community to ‘drive up’ the amount of funds Island Heritage will donate to them. Members of the public can drive by the Island Heritage roundabout, or show support over social media.

How it works

For each of the three days, a different deserving cause will benefit from up to $10,000 in sponsorship, with the chance to earn an additional $5,000 for having the most social media support.

There are a few different ways for the community to raise money for each day’s charity.

Island Heritage will donate $1, up to $35,000, for every:

  • Car that drives past the Island Heritage roundabout (Esterley Tibbetts bypass, just before The Ritz-Carlton when heading north)
  • ‘Like’, ‘Share’ or ‘Comment’ on Island Heritage’s daily charity-specific Facebook posts
  • ‘Like’ of Island Heritage’s daily charity-specific Instagram posts or tag of #ihcharitydrive2019 on own posts
  • Mention of @charitydriveky on Twitter

Cayman National Cultural Foundation

Tuesday’s charity, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, says it is thrilled and grateful to be participating in this year’s CharityDrive. The Foundation’s Managing Director, Marcia Muttoo says, “The funds will assist in making a diverse roster of programming on CNCF’s cultural calendar a reality. Upcoming projects such as Cayman’s representation abroad at CARIFESTA, arts festivals here at home, the annual summer arts camp, and the ‘Rundown’ stage production cannot happen without the support of the community, and we are happy that Island Heritage recognises the importance of what we do.

“Our work with and for our entire community – from the very young to seniors – has positively changed the way arts and culture is understood and regarded in the Cayman Islands,” Muttoo concludes.

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Wednesday’s charity, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, funds scientific research and educational initiatives aimed at conserving the marine environment. The Foundation’s Development Coordinator, Louisa Gibson says, “Funds raised through Island Heritage CharityDrive will benefit the GHOF’s efforts here in the Cayman Islands, including the biannual southern stingray census, Oceanic whitetip shark tagging project, Shark Talk Initiative and other educational outreach programmes.”

She goes on to thank Island Heritage for selecting them for participation, helping the Ocean Foundation to “achieve our mission of ensuring that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish”.

Alex Panton Foundation

Thursday’s charity, the Alex Panton Foundation, is a non-profit organisation with the primary objective of raising awareness of mental health difficulties affecting children and young adults in the Cayman Islands, with a particular focus on anxiety and depression.

“This Foundation has been established in memory of Alex Panton, who succumbed to the effects of severe depression at the age of 16,” explains Chairperson, Jane Panton.

The Alex Panton Foundation aims to provide hope and resources to friends, family, teachers, classmates and carers to help save the lives of children and young adults struggling with mental illness.

“Funds from this event will help to support our numerous initiatives in place to support our mission, including but not limited to: emotional literacy programmes that teach children how to cope with everyday difficulties, how to communicate with other people, and build self-awareness and emotional resilience; the Mental Health Crisis Hub for young people; sponsorship for private treatment; peer-led support groups for 18-25 year-olds living with anxiety and depression; and psycho-educational community workshops on a variety of pressing issues affecting our community, such as management of suicide and self-harm, bullying and mental health, and self-harm and suicidal ideations,” Panton adds.

“As we lead-up to next week’s Island Heritage CharityDrive, we continue to learn more about each of this year’s deserving, participating charities and couldn’t be more proud to give them our support,” says Monique Bush of Island Heritage. “We encourage the community to join us next week to show your love for Cayman the roundabout way.”