NCVO to hold crab races to raise funds

The NCVO will hold soldier crab races at the Royal Palms Beach Club on Sunday. - Photo: Sister Islands News Agency

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is betting on 35 Cayman solider crabs to raise big bucks for NCVO children during a crab race on Sunday.

The race takes place at the Royal Palms Beach Club on West Bay Road. People will be able to make a donation and sponsor a crab for each race, said Miriam Foster, the charity’s CEO.

The NCVO is aiming to raise $1.6 million by October, and Foster said the upcoming race is a fun way to help achieve that goal. For a $5 or $10 donation, participants can guess who will be the winner and climb over the thatch rope finishing line first.

“Right now, the immediate need is the renovation of the preschool,” said Foster. “That needs to be completed by the end of the summer. We need about $160,0000, so [if] anyone else wants to do anything to assist, let us know.”

As of Thursday, the NCVO had collected 35 soldier crabs, also known as hermit crabs.

The races will start at 3pm and finish around 6pm.

“Each race will take a few seconds,” Foster said. “We already tested it out last Sunday. The crabs are that fast, you should see them run. They are hilarious.”

Children from Miss Nadine’s Pre-School painted the shells and named the crabs. One crab named Usain Bolt had to pulled from the race because he was just too fast. “He would climb all over the other crabs and head for the finish in a flash,” said Foster.

For each race on the beach, 20 crabs will be used. The selected crabs will be placed in a bucket and then placed into the middle of a thatch rope circle. Once the crabs are released from a container, the first crab to make it to the outside of the circle and over the thatch rope wins.

Also on offer at Royal Palms on Sunday is an all-day brunch.

After the final race on Sunday, the crabs will be taken to Miss Nadine’s Pre-School, where a habitat has been built for them to live in.