Members of the 1000 Man March outreach organization have stepped up to the challenge to donate blood.
As part of the organization’s community service initiative, 12 members recently donated blood in response to an appeal by the Health Services Authority.
“We heard about the appeal for donors … and we decided to step up to the challenge,” said Phil Jackson, past president of the organization.
According to Mr. Jackson, two of the group’s youngest members, Reuben Powell, 19, and Jon Michael Rankin, 20, were among those who participated.
Mr. Rankin said the media often reports the negative things young men do, but there are also some who want to have a positive impact in their community.
“We are a Christian men’s organization and believe Jesus gave his blood for us, so we took this as a great opportunity to give back and have a direct impact on someone’s life,” he said.
“We hope this will encourage other organizations and challenge men to donate something that is free but could help save lives.”
The 1000 Man March organization describes itself as a non-denominational kingdom-building group of men, started in 2010 to mentor and inspire young men by changing their mind-set in order to strengthen families and marriages, and for men to play an active role in their families and community.
The organizers of the 1000 Man March outreach are pleased to present the activities of the year 2014.
Iron Sharpens Iron Conference
1000 Man March held its first men’s conference in April 2014. Approximately 140 men attended from various churches. The main keynote speaker was Jonathan Evans.
Kingdom Man Study
During the month of March, we had a weekly Saturday night fellowship and study of Dr. Tony Evans Kingdom Man. Approximately 18 men started and finished the entire program and we then gave the DVD to Church of God Bodden Town to use for their Men’s Ministry. We also donated books and materials to the Prison Fellowship as prisoners participated in the study as well.
Father’s Day Essay Contest
The second annual Father’s Day Essay Contest was held in 2014. Seven schools participated and over 75 essays expressing “What My Father Means to Me” were submitted in the competition. The five finalists were chosen by judges and the first place prize was a brand new iPad Mini among other prizes. Jelani Hanson from GT Primary School was the overall winner. The contest is an initiative to bring recognition to great fathers in our community.
Father’s Day 5K Walk/Run
The third annual Father’s Day 5k Walk/Run was held in 2014. Over 50 walkers and runners met early morning at Smith Cove Bacadere to participate this year. The walk continues to serve as an opportunity for fathers to exercise and bond with their children.
We bid farewell to Rev. Leslie Pinnock who moved back to Jamaica. We welcomed 3 new members to the Board Thomas Ebanks, Olivaire Watler, and Neil Brown.
Help us raise awareness about the importance of fathering and recognize fantastic dads. Winning essays will be published on our website at www.1000manmarch.com.
Who Can Participate: Children ages 7-12
When: Essays are to be submitted by June 20
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?
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.