CITN presented a cheque for CI$2,000 to the Cayman Islands War Veterans Association in light of the upcoming Remembrance Day holiday on Monday, marking the end of First World War.
The Veterans Association’s annual fundraising effort, the Poppy Appeal, offers people the opportunity to make a donation to the cause and receive a red poppy which they can proudly wear to demonstrate their support, stated a press release.
Mike Martin, General Manager, CITN, presented the cheque to Captain Dale Banks of the Veterans Association live on Daybreak Wednesday morning at Fosters Food Fair by the airport.
Captain Dale Banks served in the US Air Force for 30 years and was joined by fellow war veteran, Graham Walker, who served in the Middle East during the ’50s.
‘The money will go towards helping war veterans in the Cayman Islands receive medical treatment abroad,’ said Mr. Martin. ‘We are delighted to be able to make a donation and wish Captain Dale Banks and his team all the best in their fundraising efforts.’
CITN have been actively involved in supporting the campaign by producing and airing a series of video segments entitled ‘Cayman 27 Salutes Our Veterans: Remembrance Day 2006,’ airing on Daybreak and during the Cayman 27 newscasts at noon and 6pm.
‘We are very, very grateful for the support we have received from CITN,’ says Captain Banks. ‘This donation shows the greatest potential for fundraising ever received and I would like to thank CITN, personally and on behalf of the Veterans Association, for their generous support. We are overwhelmed with the ensuing response we have received from the Cayman people! We are receiving calls from people all over the Island to offer their help.’
The official Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at the Elmslie Memorial Church on Harbour Drive. The ceremony starts at 11am to commemorate the ending of World War 1 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Donations to the Veterans Association can be made at all Fosters Food Fair Stores.