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Eight-year-old Jake Fagan decided to celebrate his birthday by giving back and was quite happy there were no presents to open for his birthday party.

“I just wanted to donate the money to someone so I chose the Special Olympics.”

For his 8th birthday, Jake told his mom, Leigh Fagan that he didn’t want presents, he wanted to have a party in honor of the Olympics and ask his 12 friends to donate to the cause.

“I asked my friends to, instead of give me birthday presents I want to ask for money because lots of other children needed the money more than I did.”

The Cayman Islands Special Olympics was his choice and today (Tuesday 27 September) he handed over CI$200 to SOCI. Jake got the idea of giving instead of getting from his birthday last year when he went to South Africa with his parents.

“We watched a video of the Rhino poaching happening in South Africa and Jake said he wanted to try and help so I said well its your birthday coming up and instead of asking for presences perhaps you can ask for money instead and you could donate it to save the Rhinos.”

Jake then did it again this year, raising funds to help SOCI athletes and he already has plans for his 9th birthday next year.

“I’m going to do the same next year and I’m going to put it to the Blue Iguana Foundation.”

About the author

Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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