Letter reels in fishing gear

In an effort to build closer relationships with Caymanian youths, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture recently put a smile on the face of a 12-year-old boy.

Dawanni James’ heart-warming letter to the Ministry asking for their assistance in obtaining a fishing line and tackle box has given him a chance to enjoy a sport that has brought him fun in his spare time.

Dawanni’s letter to the Ministry read: ‘Hello, my name is Dawanni. I am 12 years old and I like to go fishing but unfortunately I can’t go as often as I would like to because I don’t have any equipment of my own to use.

Out of a good heart I was wondering if you all could sponsor me a tackle box and reel-n-rod so that I can go fishing more often and have some fun in my spare time.’

Dawanni even drew a picture of the fishing gear that he would love to have and mailed it off to the Ministry.

The picture and letter could do nothing less than melt the hearts of those in charge of the Sports Supply Social Development Project.

The Ministry’s response was: ‘Master Dawanni, Fun Fisherman thank you for your letter. On behalf of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and our friends from Sports Supply we hope that you get many opportunities to fish and be successful in all that you do including fishing.

From your letter we can see that you are a very bright 12-year-old boy who knows what he wants in life.

We hope that our gift will not distract you from your studies but we hope you have a lot of fun when you get a chance to fish.’

Dawanni was simply ecstatic when he received the fishing line and tackle box and a nice letter wishing him many days of successful fishing and fun.

The donation was made possible through the kind donation of $3,000 worth of sports gear from Sports Supply to the Ministry to help children with resource limitations.

Youth Services coordinator James Myles said the young man lived in his neighbourhood and would always come over and borrow his tackle for every fishing trip. ‘If I was not there to lend them to him he would miss going out to fish. Because it seemed so dear to his heart I encouraged him to write to the Sports Supply Social Development Project asking if they would consider helping him to acquire his own fishing gear and they were only too glad to respond to a worth cause.’