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27 March 2008
Irish Jog Supports Cayman Islands Cancer Society
Dr. Sook Yin (center) of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society receives the Irish Jog proceeds from (left to right) Marina Flynn and Caroline Deegan of Grand Cayman Beach Suites and Rhonda Serrano and Monique Bush of Butterfield Bank.

The 16th Annual St. Patrick's Day 5K Irish Jog held on Monday, 17th March 2008 attracted 946 runners, walkers and joggers to the Britannia Golf Course. The golf course’s lush green lawn added to the relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Participants received free giveaways, including a keepsake T-shirt, and were eligible to win one of several fabulous spot prizes awarded on a draw basis. Complimentary food and refreshments were plentiful after the event.

 

The sponsors of the Irish Jog each year, Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited and Grand Cayman Beach Suites (formerly Hyatt Regency), donate 100 percent of the entry fees to a local charity. This year, $9,460 was raised and donated to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society in memory of Brigitte Brown.

 

Brigitte, an employee of Grand Cayman Beach Suites, was one of the main organisers of the Irish Jog and an active member in the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. “She loved being a part of this event and looked forward to it,” said colleague Caroline Deegan. “Sadly, late last year Brigitte lost her battle to breast cancer, and so we wanted to donate all of this year’s Jog proceeds to The Cancer Society in her memory.”

 

"It's a bitter sweet moment for The Cancer Society,” said Dr. Sook Yin who accepted the proceeds from the event sponsors. “We will honour Brigitte’s memory and put this generous donation in our screening and early detection programme, particularly in breast cancer. We will also be channelling some of the funds to provide financial assistance to cancer patients with treatment related expenses.”

 

Rhonda Serrano of Butterfield Bank has organised the event for 11 consecutive years. “The Irish Jog is a unique family experience and has quickly become Cayman’s most popular fun walk/run for charity. We have people from all over the world participating and many plan their vacations to Cayman around the event,” she said. “By keeping the entry fee low, we are able to attract as much participation as possible which in turn greatly benefits the local community.”

 

Media Contact: 

Rhonda Serrano   Tel: 345-815-7549

Email: rhonda.serrano@butterfieldbank.ky

 

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