‘Go for Gold’ event raises money for Special Olympians

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman took in more than $6,000 at its ‘Go for Gold’ fundraiser last week for Special Olympics Cayman Islands.

The event, held at A.L. and Melissa Thompson’s home on Thursday, 20 Feb., included backyard games such as giant Jenga, Connect 4, Twister and Cornhole. The emcees at the fundraiser were Alanna Warwick-Smith, who represented Rotaract Blue, and Chris Bailey, from the Rotary Club.

Kat Walsh of the Rotary Club said the games were inspired by sports in which Special Olympians compete.

“The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman wanted to come up with an event that would allow people of all ages to join in on, have fun together and raise funds without being super expensive to attend,” she said. “We knew that one of the sports that the Special Olympians compete in was bocce, and that led to the idea of a friendly backyard games competition.”

At a 2019 Rotary Club community service meeting, Walsh said it was brought to members’ attentions that Cayman’s Special Olympics team was short on funding to pay for their trip to the World Games in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.

“We wanted to do something to help raise funds where the athletes could be involved, and the various service clubs across the island could come together to support the cause,” Walsh explained.

She said the Rotary Club teamed up with Rotaract Blue, as one of their service platforms is special needs, and they focus on promoting inclusion in the Cayman Islands.

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