Community spirit acknowledged, rewarded

The Cayman Island Government recognised many for their outstanding performances in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan Saturday evening.

The awards banquet, held at the Pedro St. James Castle, acknowledged rescue workers, civic minded individuals, civil servants and many from the private and business sectors.

Two types of awards were presented – an outstanding dedication for service above and beyond the call of duty and a Community Spirit Award for notable contributions to the national recovery fund efforts.

Leader of Government Business Mr. McKeeva Bush acknowledged his appreciation to those who had put their own personal needs and families aside to go out and help others.

‘While we can’t thank everyone, I hope these awards will go some way towards acknowledging those who made a difference,’ he said.

Mr. Bush also advised those gathered to keep their focus on the goals ahead, ‘We want to have people settled in their homes and to recapture the spirit in the Cayman Islands.’

‘We want to replenish the Cayman Islands and return it to a peaceful and safe island,’ he said.

‘Lets continue to do our part in the rebuilding efforts,’ said Mr. Bush.

A silent auction was also held with the proceeds going to the Cayman Islands Housing Recovery Fund. Auction items included vacation getaways, gym memberships, appliances, jewellery and dinners at various restaurants.

After the awards presentation invited guest enjoyed music under the stars by Los Tropicanas.