Push Across Cayman (PAC) left smiles on the faces, and hope in the hearts and minds of the youth that came out to this years event. Starting out in early hours of the morning of in the rural district of East End; Ryan Chalmers, Mary Kate Callahan and Arielle Rausin powered their way through to Camana Bay over a period of 6 hours.
As Chalmers, Callahan and Rausin, who were accompanied by supporting riders, crossed the finish line; cheering could be heard all through out Camana Bay. For the 4th year in the group has successfully pushed across Cayman; and in doing so they helped to remind the people of the island, that no matter your adversities or disabilities, there is something ‘special’ in us all.
The efforts of the athletes from PAC helps to increase the awareness of people living with disabilities in our community, and severs as an inspiration to people living with and without disabilities.
For Stephanie Rattan of the Sun Rise Adult Training Centre the event was inspiring for her and the disabled adults she work with at the Sun Rise.
The group visited more than 800 students, from various schools across the islands, and each time the message they shared was the same. Hope. A simple four letter word that means a world of difference to children who believe they can’t achieve their goals or and dreams because of the obstacles they face in life.
Chalmers is a part of a much larger group called Stay Focused, which is geared towards giving disabled children a taste of independence freedom through diving in Cayman’s clear crystal waters. Roger Muller the Founder and President of the group says each year the group takes children from all over America and brings them to Cayman where they are then given the chance to get certified in Padi Open Water diving.