The third annual Deputy Governor’s 5K (DG 5K) run/walk has pledge its support to the Cayman Heart Fund’s (CHF) effort of purchase a new ambulance for the Health Services Authority.
Today the DG 5K has helped to raise enough more $60,000, for to separate charities. In 2014 during the first year the DG 5K raise more than $12,000 to help support Derek Haines with his 6 for Hospice; and last year they donated $50,000 to Special Olympics Cayman Islands, to help cover expense on their trip to the 2015 games in Los Angeles.
Hon. Franz Manderson, the Deputy Governor, said he like s to support charities who’s work is clearly visible for all to see.
“I want to support charities that are doing something specific. So in the first year we gave to the Hospice who was building a building, so you would see a building has gone up. Last year we were aiding Special Olympics because they were travelling to LA, and we got to see them go. We saw them on TV which was a really proud moment. So this year again we are supporting the Cayman Islands Heart Fund, specifically for them to get a new ambulance; so you can see exactly where your money has gone, and when you see that ambulance driving down the road you can say I was a part of that,” said Mr. Manderson.
With a new charity comes a new logo. the 2016 DG 5K logo was unveiled during a press conference at the Government Administrative Building. The logo, which was designed by the Government GIS team, features the signature shop print of the run/walk, as well as a large heart and even an ambulance.
So far CHF has raised $50,000, which is the a third of the cost of the ambulance. Should the DG 5K’s run/’walk be as successful as it was last year CHF would only need to find another 50K to reach their goal; which they hope to raise through events like their Red Dress Gala.
Mr. Dinner says they hope to have the ambulance up and running in Cayman by Christmas.