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Governor Hosts Hospice Runners

L-r: Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn, who provided the idea for the event, Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Mr. Derek Haines who is on a mission to collect funds for Hospice, and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson

The first DG's 5K Challenge was such a runaway success that it is set to become an annual event. Six hundred and seventy-five runners and walkers registered for the event, which raised $12,500 towards a new Hospice Care facility.

At a reception hosted at Government House on Thursday, 3 July 2014, Governor Helen Kilpatrick praised Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson for the achievement, and promised to walk the event next year.

Governor Helen Kilpatrick plans to walk in next year's event.

Funds raised will benefit the marathon challenge that local runner Mr. Derek Haines has undertaken to raise a million dollars to build a new facility on Grand Cayman.

Handing over the cheque to Mr. Haines, Mr. Manderson lauded all those from the public and private sectors who had participated in any capacity. He also presented mementoes to Mr. Haines, Ms Merta Day and Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn, who came up with the idea.

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson celebrates the success of the DG's first walk/run for Hospice.

In turn, Ms Ahearn acknowledged Ms Tara Bush, Mr. Tony Watts and Mr. Charles Gilman for their contributions to the overall success of the event.

Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn presents to Government Information Services' Charles Gilman.

The Deputy Governor stated: "This was a tremendous achievement for the public and private sector and demonstrates the benefits of working together as a team. This initiative is part of the Civil Service wellness programme and our desire to do more to support the community. Next year's will be bigger and better."


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