May of 2006 marked the 45th year that the Red Cross has been serving the people of the Cayman Islands.
The Red Cross celebrated the month by having some major fundraising activities and continuing to mark their presence in the community by providing services offered through its many programmes, said a Red Cross press release.
The month began with an official opening ceremony for Red Cross month, held 8 May which is International Red Cross Day.
The ceremony had many honored guests in attendance including government officials members of the business community, founding Red Cross members and guests from other non government organizations.
Governor Stuart Jack, Patron of the Red Cross, gave an opening address congratulating the Red Cross on all the good work that they do.
A video presentation was given detailing the history of the International Red Cross. Janilee Clifford, one of the founding members, related stories from the old days of Red Cross.
Throughout the month the Red Cross visited many schools and senior groups across the island. The children enjoyed receiving various Red Cross prizes for answering correctly questions regarding disaster preparedness. As well, the elders appreciated the hot lunches and informative presentations. Every district was visited by Red Cross staff and volunteers, the release noted.
An island-wide sandbag sale with 12 locations held in each of the five districts had a great turnout and people showed their desire to be prepared for hurricane season by purchasing many sandbags. More than CI$2,000 was raised on that morning.
Due to the ongoing demand for sandbags the Red Cross continues to have sandbags available for sale. They can be purchased at the thrift shop or ordered in advance by phoning the Red Cross.
The thrift shop with its Deals on Wheels trailer/portable shop held a Saturday sale in each district. Shoppers were happy to be able to shop close to home and find the many bargains that the thrift shop offers.
On 20 May the Red Cross held its inaugural annual gala featuring the international tribute artist Nearly Neil Diamond. A silent auction was held and the prizes which had been donated by many generous sponsors enjoyed heavy bidding. Everyone in attendance commented on how much they enjoyed the evening
May 28 saw 40 golf teams eager to tee off for the 9th annual Red Cross golf tournament held at the Britannia Golf Course. A delicious barbeque followed, catered by Mise en Place.The MC for the evening, Andrew Bacon, kept the audience laughing with his keen sense of humor while he played musical selections from the ’70s and ’80s.
The event was sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada and coincidentally one of its teams took home the first place trophy. Both events were fundraising successes, raising more than CI$60,000.
The board of directors, staff and volunteers of the Cayman Islands Red Cross thanked the businesses and individuals who contributed to the success of the Red Cross month activities.