Gala funds future leaders

Since 1984 the chance to study overseas is a dream that became a reality for 50 young Caymanians thanks to the United World Colleges (Cayman Islands) National Foundation.

Through CIUWC’s scholarship programme, promising Cayman students have attended many of the 12 UWC schools scattered around the world in places like Wales, British Columbia, Swaziland, and New Mexico. Right now, students are attending Li Po Chung UWC in Hong Kong, Mahindra UWC in India and UWC Costa Rica.

But for the first time in 23 years, CIUWC has not been able to meet its annual fundraising goals.

‘In recent years corporate funding has dwindled while costs have continued to increase,’ says fundraising director Katrina Jurn.

So this year the foundation decided to ramp up its activities with a gala event set to take place at the Ritz-Carlton on Saturday 26 May.

With an international formal dress code supporting the night’s theme of multiculturalism for a united world, organizers hope the Charity Ball will be a fun way to re-introduce the program to a whole new field of potential Cayman donors.

The action-packed evening will kick off with a champagne reception followed by a specially designed three-course dinner dance, accompanied by a silent auction and raffle. Sure to be the highlight of the night, United Nations Director of Strategic Planning and UWC alumnus Dr. Abiodun Williams will share his thoughts on the future of the UN.

‘The caliber of UWC scholarship recipients is incredibly high and all of the Caymanian alumni have gone on to attend the best universities, many times on full academic scholarship, and most importantly, returned home to become community leaders, activists and volunteers,’ says Ms Jurn.

Founded on the ideals of international peace and understanding, UWC is a university preparation programme for students aged 16 to 18 years, which awards the International Baccalaureate Diploma on successful completion.

Each Caymanian student selected by CIUWC attends UWC as a national representative of these Islands. UWC scholars from all nations around the world are selected using the same strict criteria.

All funds raised from the Charity Ball will go directly to the CIUWC scholarship fund.

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 per table with 10 seats per table. For tickets or to book tables, call 926-5876.

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