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Fundraiser drives donations to Breast Cancer Foundation

| 04/05/2016 | 0 Comments
CNS Local Life

James Bovell (left) and Kim Lund of the Breast Cancer Foundation flank the Island Heritage mascot as they receive the CharityDrive donation

(CNS): This year’s Island Heritage CharityDrive, held 23 April, raised more than $25,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation. On the day, the Cayman community drove, clicked and plunged their way into supporting the charity during the fifth annual fundraising event, where the amount donated depends on the level of support displayed through a series of fun, innovative activities.

During this year’s CharityDrive, the insurance company donated $1, up to $25,000, for every car that drove past the Island Heritage roundabout, for every ‘support’ click on their Facebook page, for every Instagram like and for every twitter mention of @charitydriveky.

In addition, people were able to donate online and take part in the first-ever CharityPlunge at Royal Palms, during which every participant walked away with a random prize and had a chance to be entered to win the grand prize of $2,000 by sliding into a pool of redeemable tokens. The entry fee of $10 included a free first slide; additional slides were $5 each.

The winner of the $2,000 grand prize was a US visitor who had happened upon the CharityPlunge with his family on their last vacation day in Grand Cayman. “The Plunge was better than fun. It was a blast,” said Benjamin Zack. “Thank you to Island Heritage for a great event and moreover for supporting a cause that is near and dear to our family’s heart.”

Zack’s father is a colon cancer survivor and his aunt is undergoing radiation treatment in the US for breast cancer.

In total, $25,843 was donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation after all the events. “The directors of the Breast Cancer Foundation were humbled and thrilled to have been chosen by Island Heritage as the recipient of their annual Charity Drive. We are so grateful to them,” said Janette Fitzgerald of the foundation.

“These funds will go directly to our wellness programme, which aims to help breast cancer patients here in Cayman to get through the debilitating and brutal treatments that they have to endure to beat this horrible disease. We currently have 82 persons who are registered with our wellness programme.”

For more information, email the Breast Cancer Foundation or visit its website

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