Atlantic Caribbean Union

5K Walk/Run Contributes to Church/Hurricane Shelter Completion

5K Walk/Run Contributes to Church/Hurricane Shelter Completion

Sunday’s 5k walk/run sponsored by the West Bay Adventist Church will contribute to the completion of a new sanctuary that will double as a hurricane shelter for the district. The annual walk/run brought in excess of a record $13,000 towards the completion of the final works for the church scheduled for dedication in November 2018.

Under construction for the past ten years, the 9,760 sq. ft. building is built to hurricane standards that include an elevation of 5 ft.

In the interim, since 2005 the West Bay Church has been worshipping services at the John A. Cumber Primary School’s auditorium.

“It will be quite a homecoming for the 225 members of the West Bay Church,” said Conference President Reinaldo Dracket, pastor for the West Bay Church, adding: “We are really very pleased that we have managed to construct a building to standards that will enable us to supplement the district’s complement of hurricane shelters, thereby strengthening the ratio of shelters to population in the district.”

With that goal in mind, some 301 persons paid their $15 entrance fee, bringing in $4,515 from the race itself. That was topped up by a donor who matched the first $5,000 collected in fees, while smaller donations brought the total to the current record for this annual event of more than $13,000.

Pastor Dracket said that a portion of the proceeds would go towards scholarships for Cayman Academy.

“I thank everyone who played a part in making this event such a success,” Pastor Dracket said on Sunday at the Ed Bush Stadium, speaking to the large gathering of participants and volunteers at the 6:30 am event.

Of the 301 who registered, 138 ran or walked in the race, exceeding 2017’s participants by 100 and doubling the number for the 2016 event.

An award ceremony followed the walk/run, with the top three trophies in the men’s division going to Anthony Mendez, Paul Williams, and Cornelis Gouwn, in that order. In the women’s division, the top three runners were Ava Hider, Doireann Lynch, and Shellyanne Cupid. The youngest participant in the race was four-year-old Leandro Brown.

The technical aspects of the walk/run were managed by Race Caribbean, a local professional race management service.

November’s dedication of the West Bay Adventist Church will include an unveiling ceremony during which donors will have another opportunity to contribute to clearing the church building’s financial balance sheet.