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California Volunteers Descend on Grand Cayman


Miles Ahead sports ministry volunteer Jason Giroux plays basketball with these local school children
An uplifting spirit of volunteerism has descended upon the Cayman Islands with the arrival this week of nearly 100 San Diego residents who are "doing something" for the people of the western Caribbean nation.

The volunteers, who are part of the California-based Miles Ahead organization - headed by Caribbean-American Miles McPherson, the former U.S. professional football player turned evangelist - are on island working alongside residents on community service initiatives, including school building, hospital and girls' home beautification projects as well as youth and prison outreach and medical health education seminars.

The projects, one of which will save the local government US$1.2 million through the expansion of 12 new classrooms at the John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay, form part of the "Do Something World" campaign which focuses on giving back to communities around the world and follows a major Miles Ahead outreach initiative in Jamaica in 2008.

With more than 40 local churches involved in the "Do Something Cayman" initiative, Miles Ahead volunteers spent this past Sunday morning in praise, worship and fellowship, and took the opportunity to connect with many of the Caymanian volunteers with whom they are working this week.

Throughout the week, the group is divided into teams that are focusing on specific projects, ranging from Prison Ministry, Evangelism, Sports Ministry, School Assemblies, Deaf Ministry to Medical Ministry.

The vision behind the "Do Something World" campaign is not only to leverage resources to complete service projects that will benefit the Cayman community, but also to equip ministry, business, community and government leaders to continue the work ahead.

In the Cayman Islands, Miles Ahead is partnering with the Cayman Ministers' Association and local stakeholders to harness the power of volunteerism and philanthropy.

McPherson, Senior Pastor of the Rock Church and President of Miles Ahead, will mount what is expected to be one of the largest festivals in the history of the Cayman Islands in partnership with the Cayman Ministers' Association this Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 at Black Pearl Skate Park in Grand Cayman.

The "Do Something World Festival" is a free event and offers attendees of all ages the opportunity to enjoy exciting live music, gaming tents, a motorcross stunt show, and children's areas, along with culinary delights.