Last Sunday’s Bedtime Story Fun Day held at the South Sound Dart Park was a resounding success, providing fun and games for its young participants. The event raised around CI$16,000 in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Pamela Fowler, co founder of the Trust (along with husband Jon) and chief organiser of the Bedtime Fun Day said the aim of the event is two fold: to get kids into reading and storytelling, this being such an important part of brain development and children’s education, and to raise funds for the Trust.
Pamela said the idea came to her when she thought it would be good to have some storytelling in the park for younger children who might not be able to stay up late to watch and listen to the Gimistory storytellers.
She explains, ‘We therefore have our event on the Sunday of Reading Week, when the Gimistory storytellers have their day off. We have a puppet show and storytelling, which are both geared towards younger children. That said, it looked as if children of all ages enjoyed the storytelling.’
The puppet show told the classic children’s story ‘Room on the Broom’ by award winning author Julia Donaldson. Governor’s wife, Mrs. Mariko Jack read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Other classics included ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr and ‘Night Pirates’ by Peter Harris.
Aunty V, the Caymanian storyteller told one of her wonderfully visual local tales with the children operating her puppets.
This year’s event was bigger than last year’s explained Pamela: ‘We doubled the number of side stalls we had so that older children would enjoy them, too.’
The ‘bring and buy’ book stall was popular as was the Tombola.
‘[It] was our biggest revenue earner this year – with lots of prizes donated by Noah’s Ark and other companies, island wide.’
By way of thanks Pamela applauded the efforts of the event’s many sponsors, volunteers and the Trust’s Board in making the Fun Day such a success.
The money raised will be used to fund cutting edge research projects around the world that are researching a cure for CF. In addition, the Trust may use some of the money to assist local Caymanians with CF who have funding needs for certain medical expenses that cannot be met by the government’s insurance scheme.
Raising money for research into Cystic Fibrosis and to assist people in the Cayman Islands with the disease is a subject particularly close to Pamela and Jon’s heart. Of the couple’s three daughters, their youngest Meaghan has CF.
‘I am always awed by the success of the Trust since its inception in 2005, Pamela said.