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Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman’s Remarkable Feats and Community Engagement: Highlights from February to April 2024

Community 08 May, 2024 Follow News

Minister of Youth, Sports and Heritage Hon. Isaac Rankine (left) shows support for the annual KiwaniBikathon. Looking on are members of the Kiwanis Registration Team

Inauguration of new Members in March

Expansive Fundraising and Empowering Young Leaders

Kiwanians donating clothing items to The Crisis Center

Autism awareness and inclusion drive at Foster’s Airport Location

Amidst the vibrant landscapes of the Cayman Islands, the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to fostering the growth of young leaders and enriching community welfare. Since the start of 2024, the Club’s dedication to these ideals has been unmistakably evident through a series of impactful initiatives. From orchestrating successful events to spearheading substantial fundraising campaigns and delivering meaningful community services, the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman has solidified its position as a beacon of positive change and empowerment.

February 2024:

The 42nd Annual Kiwanis Club Bikeathon: A Community Rallying Point

The 42nd Annual Kiwanis Club Bikeathon, a cornerstone event held on February 18, 2024, drew an enthusiastic crowd of over 180 participants, making it not just a fundraising event but a community celebration of health, endurance, and camaraderie.

The event was supported by a host of local businesses including GraceKennedy Money Services Ltd (Western Union), Proven Wealth, Uncle Bill’s, Lemmie’s Trucking, and Majestic Tours, Citco Cayman, Lobster Pot, Cayman Islands Water Authority and Kirk Free Port. These partnerships exemplify community involvement and support.

The Bikeathon also highlighted community spirit, with the youngest rider at age 9 and the oldest at 62, showcasing the inclusive nature of Kiwanis events. The event was graced by Hon. Isaac Rankine, MP, Minister for Youth, Sports & Heritage, who not only kicked off the ride but also stayed to hand out prizes and celebrate with participants at the closing ceremony.

The Bikeathon’s 22KM route from Blow Holes in East End to Spotts Dock in Savannah offered participants a scenic journey through the island’s picturesque landscapes, reinforcing the Club’s commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle alongside community service.

March 2024

The month of March saw the Kiwanis Club raising over $11,000 to support its Service Leadership Programs (SLPs). This substantial effort enabled 73 students and 7 Supervisors from various Key Clubs including St. Ignatius, Triple C, and Cayman Academy to attend the highly esteemed Key Club District Convention (DCON) in Daytona Beach, Florida. These funds also support projects and initiatives of our Builders Club at Cayman Academy and a Circle K International Club at the University College of the Cayman Islands, underscoring the Club’s dedication to developing leadership skills across multiple age groups.

Book Mobile, Clothes Drive and Membership inauguration:

Other notable achievements of the club in the month of march were the recommencement of the book mobile project where our Mobile Library is stored at the Sharon (Marie) Martin Primary School, located in George Town (At the back of the school) and Every Thursday from 12pm till 1pm we can be found assisting the kids with the reading of our books.

Additionally, the Kiwanians of Grand Cayman, donated used and new clothes to the Cayman Crisis Center along with cloth vouchers that go along way in supporting and clothing the youths in the community. Of note, most of the clothes donated were corporate clothes as these are channeled towards helping our youths prepare for the work place environment and seamlessly integrate into the work force

The club also welcomed new members this month with the inauguration of 14 new members to the Kiwanis club of grand cayman family.

April’s Achievements:

Celebrating Autism Awareness Month -Illuminating Neurodiversity

Concurrently, in an effort to support and promote Autism Awareness Month, the Kiwanis Club partnered with Camana Bay to host an enlightening display of multicolored lights throughout the area. This initiative aimed to foster greater understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity, with each color representing the vibrant spectrum of individuals with autism. The display was designed not only to educate but also to create a supportive environment that recognizes and celebrates the unique talents and abilities of all individuals.

Additionally, we successfully executed two community engagement initiatives aimed at raising autism awareness across our island. Kiwanians were present at various Foster’s locations distributing ribbons and wristbands for the cause.

Continued Engagement and Upcoming Opportunities

As the Kiwanis Club looks ahead, it remains dedicated to fostering community involvement through upcoming events such as the:

- Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on May 26, 2024, and

- the Breakfast for Dinner Fundraiser on June 8, 2024, at the Marriott Resort Orchid Ballroom.

Tickets for these events can be purchased by contacting info@kiwaniss.ky .

About Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults through service and leadership. Active in the Cayman Islands for many years, the Club continues to be a beacon of hope and action, working tirelessly to create opportunities for personal and community advancement. By investing in our youth and engaging the community, the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman is helping to shape a brighter, more inclusive future.

For more information, to participate in upcoming events, or to join our efforts, please visit our website or contact us via email. Email: president@kiwanis.ky  | info@kiwanis.ky  Website: www.kiwanis.ky

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