Year in Review 2013

The organizers of the 1000 Man March outreach are pleased to present the activities of the year 2013.

Father’s Day 5K Walk/Run
The Second Annual Father’s Day 5K Walk/Run was an even greater success than the first. A total of 50 walkers and runners met early in the morning at Smith Cove Bacadere to participate this year. This walk continues to serve as an opportunity for fathers to exercise and bond with their sons. We look forward to our growth and our development with each of our events and community outreach projects.

Father’s Day Essay Contest
Aysha Ricketts was chosen as the winner for the first annual Father’s Day Essay Contest. Eight schools participated and over 80 essays expressing “What My Father Means to Me” were submitted in the competition. The five finalists were chosen by the judges and the first place prize was a brand new iPad Mini among other prizes. The contest introduces an initiative to bring recognition to great fathers in our society.

International Men’s Day
In November, 1000 Man March sponsored and participated in the two weekend events to celebrate International Men’s Day (IMD). This is the second consecutive year that the Cayman Islands will join the rest of the world in honouring the achievements and positive contributions of both men and boys. These activities are made possible through community donations.

Bonaventure Boys’ Home
This year, 1000 Man March outreach paid monthly visits to the Bonaventure Boys’ Home for a night of entertainment involving pizza, games and Christian movies.

Positive Message Campaign
The 1000 Man March continues to spread positive messages throughout our community and to the world. This year, we sponsored two adverts in the Cayman Airways Skies magazine; One to encourage men to be more involved with their families and the other to pray.

It is part of our mission as 1000 Man March to give back to those in need. This year, we helped families in need within our community by giving donations.

The 1000 Man March increased by 10 new members and volunteers for the year.

Download the 1000 Man March Year in Review 2013 as a PDF

Aysha Ricketts wins Father’s Day essay competition

From left, Stephanie Menko, Kelsi Persad, Aysha Ricketts, James Ebanks and Vitoria Buttrum. – Photos: Vicki Wheaton, Caymanian Compass

Source: Caymanian Compass–The five finalists of the 1000 Man March Father’s Day Essay Contest 2013 and their fathers gathered at UBS House on the morning of Wednesday, 26 June, for the announcement of the first place winner. Phil Jackson from Human Resources gave a brief speech before revealing the results, keeping the group 
on tenterhooks for a bit longer.

“Today we are here to celebrate and award the recipients of the inaugural Father’s Day Essay Contest, which was initiated by the 1000 Man March outreach organisation. As a group we aim to promote and build values, morals and the character of men in the Cayman Islands.

“We have introduced this initiative to recognise some of the great fathers we have in our society. You play an important role in developing and building the character and confidence in your child; we want to encourage 
you to continue in this journey.”

There were 74 essays submitted for the competition and judges Miriam Foster and Alison Corbett chose the five finalists.

Jackson remarked on the excellent standard of the submissions in his speech: “Let me say that the judges were impressed and had a difficult time in selecting the winners.”

Each child won a prize, with Aysha Ricketts taking home the first place prize of an iPad Mini. The results are: 5th place – Vitoria Buttrum, Clifton Hunter High School (11 years old); 4th place – Kelsi Persad, St. Ignatius High School (11 years old); 3rd place – James Ebanks, George Town Primary School (8 years old); 2nd place – Stephanie Menko, home schooled (7 years old); 1st place – Aysha Ricketts, Sir John A Cumber Primary School (9 years old).

Aysha Ricketts’ winning essay

My dad is special to me because he used to wake up with me in the night when I used to get up crying. My dad loves me and I love him.

He always wants the best for me and always encourages me to do good. My dad likes to spend time with me a lot. I can trust him for everything.

When I am sick or hurt my dad makes sure I get better. My dad is a part of my life. He is the one who cares the most for me. My dad makes sure I have the things I need when I need them.

Dads are important because they tell their children the right things to do. They give their children whatever they need. They make sure their children are healthy and in good lifestyle. Dads teach their children right and wrong. Dads spend time with children and make them have alot of fun. Some dads are important because they chastize their children when they need to. Dads always want the best for their children.

I love my dad with more than all my heart. I love my dad because he loves me and he spends more time with me than anyone else. My dad is the best that I ever had. My dad is the one who is kind enough to make sure he goes out and work and get the money so my mom could pay for all the bills to keep us together as a family.

A great dad should love their children and spend alot of time with them. Dads should be responsible for their children and they should set good examples for them to come up to be a good person. A great dad should also try to encourage their children to do the right thing. They should guide their children from danger and wrong.

My dad and I do alot of activities together. We go to dinner sometimes and we love to spend time with each other.


2nd Annual Father’s Day 5K Walk/Run

An opportunity for fathers to exercise with their children.
Sponsored by the 1000 Man March Outreach

When: Saturday June 15th
Where: Smith Cove South Sound
Time: 7:15 am
Registration fee: $10 for members of 1000 Man March
$20 non-members
$5 for children
children under 10 free

Registration online at or on the day of the event at 6:45.

We will be giving away many cool prizes including:

  • 2 nights stay in Little Cayman
  • 1 Cayman Airways Ticket
  • Tickets to the Turtle Farm
  • Gift Certificates
  • Dvds, books and much more

The course starts and finishes at Smith Cove with water and snacks provided to all participants.

The proceeds will go towards: Extended After School Programme, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Layman Scott High School (Cayman Brac) and the 1000 Man March Outreach mentoring programme.

Download the flyer for the 1000 Man March Father’s Day 5K run 2013

Father’s Day Essay Contest: What My Father Means to Me

Sponsored by the 1000 Man March Outreach
Help us raise awareness about the importance of fathering and recognize fantastic dads. Winning essays will be published on our website.

Who Can Participate: Children ages 7-12
When: Essays are to be submitted by June 13
The Essay Should Cover: Why is your Dad special?
Why are Dads important?
Why do you love your Dad?
What makes a great Dad?
What activities does your Dad do with you?

Essays should be between 150 and 300 words.

Prizes and gift certificates include:

  • Sunday Brunch
  • Camana Bay gift certificate
  • iPad Mini

Click here to download the flyer.

2012 Year in Review

The organizers of the 1000 Man March outreach are pleased to present the activities of the year 2012.


New Website

The outreach launched a new website in May. The Board gathered at the National Gallery with invited guests and sponsors for the unveiling and presentation of the site. The 1000 Man March Outreach website includes videos, comments, Facebook, online pledging and resources. These tools can be utilized by the community and we hope to share the resources with young men to help build their character and leadership skills.

Father’s Day 5K Walk/Run

Our First Annual 5K Walk/Run was a great success. Walkers and runners met early in the morning at Smith Cove Bacadere. Participants were present in all age groups…from the tiniest of toddlers to rambunctious teenagers to athletic grandfathers. The ladies were present as well, showing their support for the dads, husbands and other family members as well. We are looking forward to our growth and our development with each of our events and community outreach projects.

Bus Shelter Poster

In August, the 1000 Man March outreach sponsored a poster in one of the local bus shelters in Bodden Town. The poster is both a call and encouragement to prayer. We hope to reach out to men in this community to encourage prayer in daily life.

Man of Honor

This year, 1000 Man March outreach accepted applications for the Man of Honor award, an initiative to recognize Caymanian male role models in the community. Seven local men were recognized.

Donation to Youth BoxingYouth at Boxing GymTalk to Passport 2 SuccessPhil Jackson Speaks at Website LaunchOrmond Williams Speaks on Behalf of Sponsor Cayman National at Website LaunchWesley Howell Speaks on Behalf of Sponsor FSH Design at Website LaunchThe Board of the 1000 Man March at the Website LaunchFatherFatherPrayer Bus Shelter PosterAwards presented by Phil Jackson2012 Man of Honor Recipients