The Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC) hosted the 23rd annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 3rd, 2021 at the North Sound Golf Club. The Tournament was dedicated to celebrating the CIRC 60th anniversary and serves as the main fundraising event for the programs provided by the organization.
The 2021 Tournament included 28 teams, who came together to play for a good cause, and support the CIRC’s year-round programs and activities. The golf tournament was officially opened by Hon. Sabrina Turner, Minister for Health and Wellness who thanked Cayman’s corporate community for supporting the Red Cross through the golf tournament.
“The Cayman Islands Red Cross touches multiple facets of everyday life in our community and is a key partner of the Ministry of Health and Wellness through a number of its programs which have a direct impact on our health in a variety of ways,” Minister Turner said.
“The work of the Red Cross consistently pays dividends in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. I thank the Cayman Islands Red Cross on behalf of the Government for all they do and thank the golfers here today for supporting its work and goals.”
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has long supported the CIRC community programs. In recent years, FCIB has decided to enhance its support of the CIRC even further and became the Tournament’s Headline Sponsor.
Mr. Dan Wright, Managing Director of Wealth Management at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, said the organization had a long history of supporting the Red Cross and was happy to help further where it could particularly in these difficult times.
“We are honored to be the title sponsor for this edition of the Red Cross Golf Tournament celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Cayman Island Red Cross. Our participation in this fundraising event is an integral part of our commitment to the community,” he said.
Mr. Doug Moffat, Chairman of the Board of the CIRC, thanked sponsors and players for their support and said the Cayman Islands community would benefit from their generosity.
“The money raised through this tournament enables us to continue to provide first aid and CPR training, disaster management training, child protection, and sexual abuse education, volunteer development, and thrift shop services to support the people of the Cayman Islands,” he said.
“We are grateful for our sponsors, including our title sponsor, CIBC First Caribbean Bank, who made this event possible and whose generous contributions help make a positive difference in the lives of so many in our community.”
TRAC Automotive returned as hole-in-one sponsors, and players were able to play for a car on hole 9. Fosters Food Fair provided food supplies, in which [email protected] used to cook a delicious post-tournament BBQ to all participants. They also graciously kept the CIRC volunteer fueled as they were on hand to provide first aid coverage, witness hole-in-one-winners, and assist the players and staff in keeping the event running smoothly.
Michelob Ultra (Cayman Distributor’s Group) returned to sponsor a special “Chippo putting contest”, which specifically supported the CIRC 60th anniversary. Winners got to take home 3 cases of Michelob Ultra beer.
Over 20 companies helped sponsor the tournament including Platinum and Gold sponsors: CINICO, Bodden & Bodden, Broadhurst LLC, Cayman Counselling Services, Kensington Management, Cayman Mechanical, CWCO (Cayman Water).
Back on the green, the competition was fierce, but in the end, the CML Recruitment team made up of Will Koutney, Graham Blyth, Dave Griffin, Simon Thomas won the trophy and bragging rights until next September’s tournament.
The Annual Golf Tournament continues to be a key fundraiser to cover the CIRC’s main operational costs and fund its four main programmers and ongoing activities – Disaster Management, First Aid & Lifeguarding, Child Protection, and Sexuality Education, and the Thrift Shop Community Outreach Programme.
“Recent events in our region reminded us once again the need for disaster preparedness and an empowered and resilient community,” says CIRC Director Ms. Jondo Obi. “The funds that we raise translate directly into community training like our volunteers and CERTs, it helps us prepare for hurricane season so that we can respond should disaster strike, it helps us assist the most vulnerable and empower the youth in our community, and to continue our awareness, education and prevention efforts throughout the year,” Ms. Obi explains.