Cayman Islands Crisis Centre (CICC), a charity organization that provides support and shelter to victims of domestic abuse, accepted with gratitude the monetary donation of CI $1000, raised by the Women’s Empowerment 5k run. The race, established by Patricia Muschette and Celia Hydes, was held on Sunday June 10th 2018.
Members of the running group, Powerful Runners, to which Muschette and Hydes belong, organised the event with the aim to raise money for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. The running group, who seek to raise the awareness of running and bring women together through this medium, felt strongly that their aspirations align closely with those of CICC.
“Empowerment to us is about developing strong, confident and courageous women and girls. As women, we seek to lift each other up, and support one another. Raising money for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, while doing something we love, was partly the inspiration behind developing this 5k event”, said Patricia Muschette.
The race saw over 150 participants take part in the 5k walk/run. Mr Paul Williams was awarded first place male runner while Ms. Martene FitzGerald was the first female runner to cross the line. Mr. Stephen Best and Ms. Yvette Stubbs were the first walkers to finish.
Corporate teams included, The Civil Service, FLOW, Kirk Freeport, The Cake Studio, Sol Petroleum and BDO. Volunteers on the day comprised of individuals from Rotary, Red Cross, CICC, First Runner-Up Miss Imperial Beauty Teen (Jada Ramoon), aspiring photographer Shamar Grant, and several young University Students.
Organisers also provided free self-defense training at the event conducted by Ronnie Hughes of Cayman Martial Arts Academy.
“We greatly appreciate the donation from the walkers and runners of the inaugural Women’s Empowerment 5k run, which will go a long way to helping CICC build an additional and much needed shelter on island. The response from the community to our cause is really encouraging,” Ania Milanowska of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.
Photo caption – Women’s Empowerment 5k organisers donation cheque to CICC Executive Director, Ania Milanowska. From Left to right: Carol McKenzie, Maria Leonce, Yensi Contreras Romero, Maria Blanford, Patricia Muschette, Corrine Ebanks-Evans, Celia Hydes.
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