(CNS Local Life): As the Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge rapidly approaches, Franz Manderson is inviting everybody in the Cayman Islands to take part in the event. The annual walk/run takes place on Cayman Brac Sunday, 23 April and Grand Cayman Sunday, 30 April. The deputy governor personally leads the biggest wellness event of the year, which is raising money for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands to build a ropes challenge course designed to help young people in the community.
“The event is only days away and I invite everyone to participate,” Manderson said in a government press release. “It’s open to civil servants, the private sector and members of the public. Bring your family, friends and visitors. Everybody is welcome.”
He added that he hoped this event would be better attended than last year’s, where more than 1,500 people participated. “We’re raising money for a great cause while putting a focus on health and bringing participants together from all across the Cayman Islands,” Manderson said.
The fundraising target is $60,000, which the YMCA will use to build a ropes course in Grand Cayman. The facility will offer an alternative to classroom-style learning in areas proven to increase self-esteem, confidence and team-building skills.
The course will also provide participants with practical examples of ways to improve communication, awareness of themselves and others, and to gain leadership skills. In addition, it will allow those taking part to overcome fears, insecurities, depression and anti-social behaviour.
“The DG’s 5K Challenge is suitable for people of all fitness levels,” Manderson added. “Please come out and support us – be a part of the solution to the issues faced by our youth. I challenge you to play your part.”
Registration is $25 for ages 18 and older, and $10 for 17 and younger. For more information and to register go to the CaymanActive website