‘I am overwhelmed by the generosity of people,’ said Ms Tara Parker, owner of Beyond the Horizon, a Grand Cayman shop specializing in Asian art and home décor.
Tara and her husband Tim held a sidewalk sale on Saturday in the Galleria Plaza and raised US$11,375 to aid tsunami victims.
On Monday they donated the money to Cayman Loves Children’s special fund for tsunami relief. Cayman Loves Children will send the Beyond Horizon donation and others to UNICEF’s tsunami relief project for children this week.
‘We are really happy with the turnout and the spirit in which people gave,’ said Tara. ‘What’s happened in Asia is so terrible that we just have to do something. People were really into it [the sale]. There were some emotional people, some emotional moments. There were tears.’
The Parkers sell Asian goods and therefore have many close relationships with suppliers in tsunami-ravaged countries. They will continue to raise funds for Cayman Loves Children in their store through the sale of bhindis (decorative jewels worn on women’s noses and foreheads), incense and a donation bin.
The Parkers thanked the volunteers who helped with Saturday’s sale. They were: Jane McInerney, Anna Kiron, Francois Minzett, Doreen Ross, Lindsey Ross and Nasaria Bedal.
Some 150,000 people died in 11 countries when a 26 December earthquake off the coast of Sumatra caused massive tsunamis that struck and devastated coastal communities as far away as 3,000 miles. The United Nations estimates that at least 5 million people have been displaced by the disaster; as many as a third of these people are children.
Cayman Loves Children is a Cayman Islands charity group focused on raising awareness and money for the world’s most impoverished children. Their website is at www.caymanloveschildren.8k.com
Donations can be mailed to Cayman Loves Children at Box 30383 SMB, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. All donations received in the month of January will be sent directly to projects assisting tsunami victims. Normally, Cayman Loves Children gives all funds raised to UNICEF, the world’s leading child aid organization.