By: Hannah Reid

Walk - or run - to support local charities

Walk - or run - to support local charities

Lace up your sneakers and pound the pavement for a good cause at one of the many festive fun runs taking place in Grand Cayman this month. 

Dominic Ross, community development manager at Dart, said supporting opportunities that give back to local non-profit organisations and promote healthy, active lifestyles, benefits the entire community.

“Not only do you get the benefit of spending active time outdoors with friends or family, but you are also helping raise funds and awareness for local charities so they can continue doing their good work in our community,” Ross said.

SANTA RUN

Camana Bay’s annual Santa Run has a virtual spin this year, allowing participants to run or walk a 3-mile course that starts and ends on the Camana Bay Crescent, or a 3-mile route of their choosing across the island, which can be done at any time throughout the weekend of 11 and 12 December. Cayman Food Bank Fundraising Director Naomi Law says the Santa Run brings in much-needed donations and awareness for the charity every year.

“We are super excited for the upcoming Santa Run as it’s one of our key awareness events annually that bring together families and friends to help raise food and funds for those in need,” she said. “This year has been a challenge for so many. Since mid-2020, the Food Bank has been supporting approximately 1,400 families per month.”

To register for the 2021 Santa Run, visit the Camana Bay Visitor Centre.

There are other ways to support the Food Bank this Christmas season, too.

“We also have our reverse Advent calendar and holiday office food drive running, so we encourage everyone to start a small collection in the office and we will happily arrange pickup,” Law said. 

For more information about the Cayman Food Bank, visit caymanfoodbank.com.

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre is hosting its annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run on Sunday, 12 December, at the Holiday Inn, Grand Cayman. 

A 2021 Dart Grants recipient, the Crisis Centre facilitates emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and runs a number of targeted outreach and youth development programmes designed to end the cycle of abuse. 

Crisis Centre Executive Director Ania Milanowska said proceeds from the Jingle Bell Walk/Run will go towards the Crisis Centre’s 24-hour emergency shelter for women and their children, and its walk-in support centre, Estella’s Place.

“To heal from trauma and to begin life free from domestic abuse is very difficult and requires not only bravery, but also the proper environment," she said. "Our dream is to provide our clients with a bigger and purpose-built shelter and sponsoring and participating in the Jingle Bell Walk/Run will help us to be a step closer to make this dream come true."

To sponsor or register for the Jingle Bell Walk/Run, email fundraising@cicc.ky.

This article appears in the December 2021 edition of Camana Bay Times.

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