Veteran marathon man in ‘special’ fundraiser

| 23/09/2015
Cayman News Service

Derek Haines

(CNS): After an astonishing performance last year pounding the pavements around the world in six marathons to raise money for the local hospice, veteran runner Derek Haines is turning his attention to kids with special needs. Haines will be competing in the Cayman marathon in December and wants another 50 people to run with him to help raise $50,000 towards four projects for the Special Needs Foundation of Cayman (SNFC).

With the support of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and Grand Cayman Central, the 66-year-old runner explained that in the 50/50 challenge he hopes to recruit 50 runners in support of the fundraising run.

“It is not necessary for the runners to raise any money, just to take part in the marathon, half marathon or the relay on the day,” Haines said “Youngsters in the children’s race can also join in. Obviously, it will be great if they can raise funds but raising awareness is very important too.”

Over the past five years Haines has raised almost $2,000,000 for local charities, including well over $1 million for a hospice building last year. “Folks and companies have been very generous with their support over the years and I am very grateful to all of them. By working together and supporting this challenge we can make life so much better for those in need,” he added.

As in previous years, Rotary Club Treasurer Chris Johnson is opening a dedicated bank account to accommodate donations towards the appeal.

“As always, every dollar that is donated will go to the charity,” Johnson said. “There will be no administrative costs or other expenses paid from it and I think this is very important for donors to understand.”

SNFC Executive Leader Susie Bodden said the charity was delighted Haines was lead the fundraising charge. “The funds will be used for our Respite Care programme, Equine Therapy, Family Support and a Sports and Leisure Club.”

The SNFC is a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting children with a range of special needs across the Cayman Islands.

Letter from the Special Needs Foundation of Cayman to donors


Category: Running, Sports

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  1. lj says:

    Derek Haines thank you so much for your continued support of local charities and in particular, this year, the Special Needs Foundation of Cayman as they are integral to helping many children with the Equine Therapy programmes at Cowboy Town Stables.

    As a seasoned volunteer at the stables I see first hand how the amazing relationships between horses and children unfold and how this unity brings so many benefits to our riders, both physically and emotionally.

    Without the continued support of our local community we would be missing something very special indeed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful. This is needed.

  3. SwampCrab says:

    Mr Haines,
    I would like to take the time to say thank you for all that you do to help the people of the Cayman Islands. You are truly a great blessing to many people. Thank you.