Cayman’s vehicle enthusiasts went the extra mile Monday to raise more than $1,500 for the Jasmine palliative and hospice-care facility.
Anthony Echenique, chairman of the Cayman Islands Classics and Hot Rod Club, said it was the group’s first charity ‘rollout’, with other motor clubs – Ford Club, Skyline Club, Euro Group, Mini Club, Jeep 345 and the SubieNation 345 – joining in to support the non-profit Jasmine.
“It was definitely a success… definitely beyond what we thought. A lot of vehicles came out… bikes, cars, trucks. It was well over 100 vehicles that turned out at the Strand complex,” Echenique said.
During the event, drivers donated $10 or more and were presented with a Jasmine sticker.
The organisers presented the money raised to Jasmine’s director of operations and nursing, Felicia McLean, before all the drivers headed to the East End Heritage Field to chat, socialise and show off their rides.
“We were really honoured that the group of guys chose Jasmine to support, and it was wonderful to see the groups pull something together with an aim to give back to the community,” said McLean.
She said the funds raised will go towards ensuring that everyone near their end of life will have access to palliative and hospice care.
“It was an amazing day to see so many cars and people out for the cause, and the amount of camaraderie among the people that were interested in that sort of stuff,” McLean added.
Seth Watler, president of SubieNation 345, said 15 to 16 cars from his club were involved in the Jasmine rollout.
“We’re looking to impact the car culture, and to help and support and get as much going for the charities, as well,” Watler said.
Echenique said his club is planning to hold annual fundraisers, with a different charity chosen as a beneficiary each time.