The Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC) proudly hosted the 25th Annual Golf Tournament on September 1st, 2023, at the scenic North Sound Golf Club. This milestone event not only celebrated a quarter-century of supporting communities in need but also paid tribute to the tournament’s founder and long-serving volunteer, Mr. Peter Milburn.
Peter Milburn, who served as Chairman of the CIRC board for eight years, is a dedicated first aid instructor, and proudly represented the Cayman Islands in sailing during the 1976 Olympics. The tournament was dedicated to Mr. Milburn’s remarkable legacy and his unwavering commitment to the community.
As part of this significant milestone, CIRC introduced the “Peter Milburn Challenge,” with a goal of raising an additional $25,000. The Challenge is a testament to the organization’s determination to continue making a positive impact.
During the tournament’s opening ceremony, Mr. Milburn remarked, “Twenty-five years ago, I founded the Cayman Islands Red Cross Golf Tournament with the goal of raising funds to help those in need. As we celebrate the tournament’s 25th anniversary, I am more committed than ever to our mission.”
The 2023 Tournament attracted 26 teams, uniting for a common cause: to support CIRC’s year-round programs and activities. The event was inaugurated by Her Excellency the Governor, Mrs. Jane Owen, who acknowledged the invaluable work of the Red Cross in the community. “The Red Cross is a vital part of our community. The help and support it provides are crucial for the country and the people of the Cayman Islands. Thank you all for coming here and showing your support,” she emphasized.
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, a long-time supporter of CIRC’s community programs, stepped up again as the Tournament’s Headline Sponsor, demonstrating its commitment to the community.
Mr. Glenn Abell, Director of Private Wealth Management at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, particularly during these challenging times. “We are honored to be the title sponsor for the Red Cross Golf Tournament. Our participation in this fundraising event is an integral part of our commitment to the community,” he stated.
Mr. Doug Moffat, Chairman of the Board of CIRC, expressed his gratitude to sponsors and players for their invaluable support. He emphasized how the funds raised through this tournament enable the organization to provide essential services to the Cayman Islands community.
TRAC Automotive returned as the hole-in-one sponsor, offering players the chance to win a car. Fosters Food Fair provided food supplies, and Dining@Home prepared a delicious post-tournament BBQ for all participants, fueling the event and keeping it running smoothly.
Michelob Ultra (Cayman Distributor’s Group) sponsored a special “Chippo putting contest,” with winners receiving cases of Michelob Ultra beer.
Over 30 companies, including Platinum and Gold sponsors Bedell Cristin, Britcay, Rhulens, RSM, Grant Thornton, BAF, Cayman Finance, CINICO, CUC, and Walkers, supported the tournament.
The Annual Golf Tournament remains a crucial fundraiser for CIRC, covering the organization’s funding of its core programs and ongoing activities, including Disaster Management, First Aid & Lifeguarding, Support Our Seniors, Child Protection and Sexuality Education, and the Thrift Shop Community Outreach Programme.
CIRC Director Ms. Jondo Obi underscored the significance of these funds: “The funds that we raise translate directly into community training, helping us prepare for hurricane season, assisting the most vulnerable, empowering our youth, and sustaining our awareness, education, and prevention efforts throughout the year.”
The 25th Annual Cayman Islands Red Cross Golf Tournament has not only marked a milestone but also reinforced the unwavering commitment of the Cayman Islands community to make a meaningful difference. We look forward to continuing this journey of support, awareness, and empowerment for many years to come.