Tennis Federation serves up offer to help community

The Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands (TFCI) has opened serve on an appeal to have its members support local initiatives that help families and businesses in need during the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“As you will know, there are many families in Cayman in need and many businesses struggling during these difficult times,” the federation stated in a circular to membership on 24 April.

“TFCI want to ask the tennis community to help support local charities who are working to assist those in need,” it added, pledging to match donations made by its members to various local causes. Among those listed were Feed Our Future, the Cayman Food Bank, Cayman Acts of Random Kindness (ARK), Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, and Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

The sporting organisation also asked its members to consider supporting local restaurants currently open only for delivery or collection, especially as in the past many of them have supported tennis in Cayman.  

“Here’s for the good bit. TFCI will match charitable donations up to a total of CI$1,000.  In addition, anyone who donates or orders from a local restaurant will be entered into a draw to win tennis lessons, there will be a total CI$1,000 in lessons available as prizes,” the circular stated.

In order for TFCI to match donations, it asked that members of the local tennis community send an email to admin@tfci.ky with details of their donation or each time they order from restaurants.  
 
All those who donate or order from restaurants will be entered into the draw to win tennis lessons.  You may enter each and every time you donate or order from restaurants.

Thousands of people in the community have been left without jobs for the short-term or foreseeable future due to changes brought on by the pandemic, including measures by the Cayman Islands Government to limit the spread of the disease that has infected nearly three million people across the globe and led to the deaths of nearly 200 thousand people.

In the Cayman Islands, there have been in excess of 60 confirmed cases with the only local death being a cruise ship passenger, who was brought ashore for an unrelated medical emergency but later displayed COVID-19 symptoms. Cayman has been facing various shutdown measures since March, which has led to the temporary closure of most businesses.

The PwC Junior Tennis Series, one of the major activities organised by the federation has been on hold due to the pandemic, with the 24-26 April tournament at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club in South Sound being the most recent event to be cancelled.

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