The Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC) hosted the 24th annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 2nd, 2022 at the North Sound Golf Club. The Tournament was dedicated to the CIRC Hurricane Preparedness efforts and serves as the main fundraising event for the programs provided by the organization.
The 2022 Tournament included 29 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 thanked Cayman’s corporate community for supporting the Red Cross through the golf tournament.
“As a member of the Prospect Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), I have had the opportunity to work directly with the Red Cross and to see firsthand the impact which “the power of humanity” has on the lives of the most vulnerable within our Islands,” Minister Turner said.
“The work of the Red Cross consistently pays dividends in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. On behalf of the Government, I want to thank the Cayman Islands Red Cross, its volunteers, staff, and board, for all that they have done and continue to do for our three Islands”.
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.Glenn Abell, Director of Private 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 the Red Cross Golf Tournament. 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, Car City, and GT Automotive all returned as hole-in-one sponsors, and players were able to play for a car on three different holes. Fosters Food Fair provided food supplies, which Dining@Home used to cook a delicious post-tournament BBQ for 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”, and winners got to take home 3 cases of Michelob Ultra beer.
Over 30 companies helped sponsor the tournament including Platinum and Gold sponsors: CINICO, Moore and Moore investments, Clean Gas, Calderwood, Britcay, CUC, Cox Rebar & Lumber Yard, Providence property and BAF.
Back on the green, the competition was fierce, but in the end, the team Travers Thorp Alberga, made up of Bhavesh Patel, Graham Blyth, Chris Buchan and Paras Malde won the trophy and bragging rights until next September’s tournament.
The Annual Golf Tournament is 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, Support Our Seniors and the Thrift Shop Community Outreach Programme.
“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”, says CIRC Director Ms. Jondo Obi. “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.