DG’s 5K Challenge raises $89k for charities

| 22/06/2018
CNS Local Life

(L-R) James Watler, representing first-time gold sponsor, CICSA Credit Union, receives appreciation plaque from Franz Manderson

(CNS Local Lie): The 2018 DG’s 5K Challenge raised $89,000 for five charitable causes, which all focus on feeding the most vulnerable in the community. The grand total is $29,000 more than the goal Deputy Governor Franz Manderson set for the event, which was held in April.

With an emphasis on food and well-being, the beneficiaries on Grand Cayman will be Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels, Feed Our Future and the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman’s Buy a Kid Breakfast programme, each receiving $28,000, stated a press release.

A total of $3,000 raised from the Cayman Brac event will be donated to the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre for meals, while the $2,000 raised in Little Cayman will go towards a “grow box” at that island’s school.

“I am delighted we raised such a huge sum of money for such a tremendous cause,” Manderson said. “Many of us take it for granted that we have three meals a day, while some people are not sure they will have even one. I am very happy that we are able to support these great causes, which make such a difference in the lives of many people, with a donation that has exceeded all our expectations.”

He announced the fundraising total during a reception at Government House Wednesday, 20 June, held to thank sponsors, the event’s organising committee and volunteers. This was the fifth anniversary of the event, and brings the total raised over that time to $296,000.

“We couldn’t raise these funds without the generous support of our sponsors and the incredible support from the community – everyone who has been involved in the Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge has been part of making this happen,” said Manderson.

More than 2,000 walkers and runners participated in this year’s DG’s 5K Challenge, from all three events in Cayman Brac, Little Cayman and Grand Cayman.


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