Haines passes $400K as he approaches 3rd marathon

| 13/05/2014

(CNS): Local veteran distance runner Derek Haines took another step towards his $1m goal in his six marathon challenge recently when a local firm donated $25,000, pushing the total pledged so far over CI$400,000 with some four weeks to go before his third marathon of the year in Spain. The latest cash came from Peter Fitzgerald of Pestkil and was described as “brilliant” by Haines, as it came on a day when smaller amounts also trickled in, all helping in the aim to build an in-patient care facility for the local hospice charity. “Friday was terrific,” Haines said.

”I had a call from Jennifer Grant-McCarthy at Hospice to tell me about this donation and another for $500.When I took the cheques to treasurer Chris Johnson he had just received another for $1,000: so $26,500 on one day and that is $1000 per mile towards the next marathon. To burst through the $400,000 mark in a relatively short period is a tremendous tribute to the generousity of the Cayman population and it is so good to see so many initiatives by the community taking place; initiatives such as the Deputy Governor's 5K challenge and acharity dinner at the ICOA restaurant,” he added.

Haines will head to Pamplona next month, where he will run the inaugural 26 mile race there marking his halfway point in the six marathon challenge. He is hoping by that time to have reached the half way mark in the cash total as well as the marathons under his sneakers.

To donate to the Hospice six marathon challenge or find out more information go to six4hospice.com

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  1. Jason says:

    Great work Haines start a hospice or collecting charity for it is a very noble cause and you are giving those people a reason to smile at the end of their life.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Derrick, i've known you for many years and always admired your civil partisipation in the social developing of our people…. mainly in the sport arena.

    Thank you Derrick!! God bless you!

    I  would like to see more thumbs up for your unselfish act. Also more  positive comments from my caymanian people.


    • The Thumb Police says:

      I gave you a thumbs down for your failure to correctly spell the name of the man you have " known for many years", failure to capitalise "Caymanian", and other horrifying grammatical errors. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Mr. Haines – you're such a great fund-raiser. Thanks for all your efforts – knew it back from the early days when you raised all that money for the youth rugby club!!!  GOD bless!!


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  5. Knot S Smart says:

    Thank you Mr Haines…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Way to go Derek!  You are a glowing example of the human spirit and a reminder and inspiration to us all that one person can makea big difference to many.  Now the rest of us humans just have to do our part and get you to your goal!  Keep up the good work.  Thank you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Derek,we ADMIRE you! You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you !

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you Mr. Haines as well as all the donors.  A splended effort indeed for a great cause.