UK friends pitch in

A black tie affair at Westminster Palace has raised about CI$80,000 for Hurricane relief in the Cayman Islands.

The event at the home to the British Parliament was coordinated and organised by the Cayman Islands Government London Office, which is specifically targeting educational and cultural infrastructure.

The event was attended by some 176 of London’s most influential people, including the Overseas Territories Minister, Mr. Bill Rammell.

Guests were treated to a champagne reception in the Terrace Marquee at the House of Commons before moving to the dining room for the dinner, auction and raffle.

The London Office was supported in this event by both the Friends of Cayman group in London and the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Cayman Islands.

Mrs. Jennifer Dilbert, Cayman Islands Government Representative in the United Kingdom, said she was delighted with the overwhelming response from her contacts and associates in London, who primarily sponsored tables and attended the event.

Mrs. Dilbert launched the Friends of Cayman group in December 2002, and has, during her time in London, rejuvenated the APPG under the chairmanship of Lord Davies of Coity. The group was represented at the dinner by Mr. Nigel Evans MP, Vice Chairman, who served as host, and Lord Keith Brookman.

From its inception, Mr. Michael Hobson of Morval Bank has served as chairman of the Friends, and Mrs. Dilbert paid tribute to his hard work and determination in promoting the Cayman Islands in London. At the dinner the chairmanship was passed to Mr. John Owen, a former Governor of the Cayman Islands.

The dinner was coordinated and organised by the London Office Staff, and Mrs. Dilbert also paid tribute to their dedication, enthusiasm and hard work.

The London Office has plans for more fund-raising events in the UK and elsewhere.

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