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DG 5K Challenge Great Success

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson crosses finish line

Walkers and runners turned out in force today (Sunday, 24 April) for the 2016 DG’s 5K Challenge, raising money to help Cayman Heart Fund buy a new ambulance.

The early morning charity challenge attracted more than a thousand registered participants and a large crowd of cheering well-wishers.

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks were at the front of the starting line in the community-wide event which brought together civil servants, private sector employees and members of the public.

The DG’s 5K aims to raise $50,000 towards Cayman Heart Fund’s $150,000-drive to purchase an ambulance for the Health Services Authority and have it on the road by Christmas.

“We had a fantastic turn-out today and great support from the entire community, including our sponsors,” said Mr. Manderson. “While we won’t know the total amount that we have raised for a few days yet, I am confident we are well on our way to helping Cayman Heart Fund buy the ambulance.

“This kind of event shows what we, the people of the Cayman Islands, can do when we all come together. We have benefitted the health of our community and helped raise funds for a great cause. Both today and last week on the Brac were extremely good fun, and I thank all who came along.”

The Deputy Governor also thanked the generous sponsors and the hard-working team of volunteers from both the civil service and private sector, who helped to make the DG’s 5K Challenge a success.

Today’s overall fastest male runner was Dominic Dyer in a time of 17:20, while the overall fastest female runner was Kym Bailey in a time of 20.39.

The fastest civil servant male runner was Peter Davies in a time of 19.49 and the fastest civil servant female runner was Lizzie Berns in a time of 24.38.

Group trophy winners, along with the final fund-raising total, will be announced at a later date.

Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Helen Kilpatrick was on hand to help with the prize-giving and Cayman Heart Fund Chairman David Dinner also thanked the crowd for their support in helping to buy a new ambulance.

This is the third annual and most ambitious DG’s 5K Challenge and is part of Mr. Manderson’s vision to have a healthier, more active and socially engaged civil service, while benefitting charitable organisations and initiatives in the Cayman Islands.

The inaugural event in 2014 raised $12,500 for Cayman HospiceCare and last year raised $50,000 for Special Olympics Cayman Islands to help send athletes to the Special Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Catherine MacGillivray