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DG's 5K Raises $85,000

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson proudly displays the cheque for $85,000.

The 2017 DG’s 5K Challenge raised $85,000 for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson announced last night (Tuesday, 6 June 2017).

The grand total is $25,000 more than the goal Mr. Manderson set for the event held in April.

“I am delighted we raised such a huge sum of money for such a tremendous cause,” he said. “The YMCA does great work with the youth in our community and I am very happy that we are able to support them with a donation that has exceeded all our expectations.”

Mr. Manderson revealed the huge fund-raising total during a reception at Government House held as a mark of gratitude to sponsors, the DG’s 5K Challenge organising committee and event volunteers.

The cash will be used to build a ropes challenge course in Grand Cayman, which will provide an alternative to classroom-style learning in areas proven to increase self-esteem, confidence and team-building skills.

This facility will offer participants practical examples of ways to improve communication, awareness of themselves and others, and to gain leadership skills. In addition, the course will allow participants to overcome fears, insecurities, depression, and anti-social behaviour.

Almost 2,000 walkers and runners took part in this year’s DG’s 5K Challenge, including the events in Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman.

“This is the best event since we launched in 2013 and I give sincere thanks to all who helped make it a success,” said Mr. Manderson. “As I keep reminding everyone, it is easy to talk about the problems we face but much more productive and uplifting to be a part of the solution. As well as helping good causes in the community, participants also boost their own health by taking part.”

During the reception, Mr. Manderson presented the cheque to YMCA Chairman Andrew Johnson.

“We are extremely grateful for this major donation to help build the challenge course that will benefit young people and others in the community,” said Mr. Johnson. “We are honoured to have been chosen as this year’s beneficiary and extend our gratitude to Deputy Governor and all his team who organised the event.”

Dates for next year’s DG’s 5K Challenge have already been set for 16 April on Cayman Brac, 22 April on Little Cayman and 29 April on Grand Cayman.


For further information contact: Catherine MacGillivray