Realtors cough up $100k for hospice challenge

| 23/07/2014

(CNS): Local real estate agents have pledge $100,000 to Derek Haines' Cayman Hospice campaign to build an in care patient facility. The local runner is attempting to raise $1 million for the project by running six marathons in one year. Haines already has three under his trainers and is limbering up for the fourth, which will be in San Fransisco next weekend. With this addition to the pot, the veteran distance runner hasraised over $600,000. The latest pledge has come from CIREBA, the Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association, which is pledging the cash over the next two years to help construct the hospice facility on donated land near Camana Bay. 

“Derek is halfway through his marathons, but with the support of CIREBA’s professional agents and brokers, he is now nearly two-thirds of the way toward his goal of raising $1 million for Cayman Hospice Care,” said CIREBA President Michael Day of Regal Realty.  “Derek inspired us to bring CIREBA to the partner level of donations and give $100,000 over the course of the next two years. As leaders in Cayman’s real estate industry, we wanted to recognize someone else who is seen as true local leader, committed to his community.”

More than 175 CIREBA agents and brokers will then be able to use the Cayman Hospice Care logo and label themselves as a “Supporter of Hospice.”  With CIREBA members handling 85 percent of Cayman’s real estate sales, promotional material with a “Supporter of Hospice” logo will be seen by thousands of potential buyers and sellers who may also be motivated to donate to Derek’s campaign.

“We want to help a cause that truly benefits all of Cayman potentially,” said Day. “Cayman Hospice Care is available free to patients facing a terminal illness. And they also provide counseling for patients’ families at a time of great stress. It is a fantastic organization and we’re proud that every CIREBA agent and broker is associated with Derek, a real hero in the eyes of Caymanians and someone whose efforts are being recognized around the world.”

So far this year, Haines has completed runs in Paris (April 6), London (April 13), and Pamplona (June 28) as he looks ahead to San Francisco (July 27), Dublin (October 27) and the Cayman Marathon on December 7.

Anyone who wants to donate to the six marathon challenge can drop off a check to Cayman Hospice Care at any Royal Bank of Canada location or to the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman at Cayman Hospice Care, 492 North Sound Road. Online donations can be made at the dedicated website

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  1. Anonymous says:

    There has never been a better time to buy.

    Unless you want to sell. 

    In which case there has never been a better time to sell.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree with posters below that the wording often headline is unfortunate.  It would be better if it said "Pond life coughs up $100k for hospice challenge"

  3. Anonymous says:

    Boy, only in Cayman can people be so ungrateful..CNS your headlines only lend to this type of irresponsible behavior and talk.

    They all could have kept their mouths shut and didn't doneate a penny but they didn't. Hospice care is something that is near and dear to me having more than one loved one supported by it before passing on.

    As a Caymanian, I can only hang my head in shame. For what it is worth, "thank you CIREBA members" for doing this. I really appreciate it and even though it is apparent here there are alot more of us that do..



  4. Anonymous says:

    I say too little too late , all for a good cause. CIREBA collects but dont pay out too kindly CARTEL.. yes

  5. Anonymous says:

    They make that in a day….So what ?

    • Anonymous says:

      they gave,,,that's what!..what have you done lately to help your fellowman?

  6. Anonymous says:

    That's the commission on about 1.5 house sales here in Cayman, or about 15 anywhere else in the world.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Poor use of words CNS. As a realtor (not realter) and a member of CIREBA and a supporter and participant of the Cayman Hospice Care flag day, I was pleased that our association donated to such a worthy cause, whichbenefits the whole community.

    • Anon. says:

      I agree. 'Coughed up' gives the wrong implications. They're weren't forced or cajoled into doing this. 

  8. Anonymous says:

    The joys of cartel profiteering.

  9. Maiden Plum says:

    "Coughed up?"

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you met someof the realters?

      Some of them are sick to the bone when comes to paying out money.

  10. Anonymous says:

    WOW! Thank you!