Prime real estate on Waterford Cay, boats, cars, trucks and sparkling jewels are just a few of the incredible lots that will go under the hammer at the Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser on Friday 25 May.
The annual Camelot Auction will take place at the Ritz Carlton and the organisation has snared some serious booty, which will help the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman raise a substantial portion of the financial resources it needs to keep its important community initiatives going for another year.
For more than 40 years, members of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman have been selflessly rolling up their sleeves and doing what they can to help communities at home and abroad.
From meals-on-wheels to the adult literacy programme, many people are dependent on the work of Rotary volunteers and the money they raise, for some of their basic needs.
Tickets are still available for the spectacular gala evening, but the club is hoping it will be a sell out evening, giving Rotary the best possible opportunity to raise the cash they need for the next twelve months.
‘School meals for underprivileged primary school children, Christmas parties for our senior citizens, reading programmes and the Batabano children’s festival are just a few of our projects and if we can’t raise the funds, we can’t sustain these important initiatives,’ said Joey Hew, President of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman.
‘This auction will be the best ever, with great lots and Pat O’Brien wielding the hammer. We are hoping that more sponsors will come forward to buy tickets or take a corporate sponsorship which includes a table of ten, plus the full promotion throughout the evening.’
A table costs $2,000, and covers 10 tickets, and a periodic listing of the sponsors name on the screen at the event. Full corporate sponsorships are also available for $5,000.00, which includes a table of ten plus the full promotion of your company in all pre-event advertising, and the continuous mention and display of your logo on a full screen during the event.
Mr Hew added that since the club’s inception it has raised and spent well over $2 million on community needs and events in Cayman.
Altruistic support remains a key part of Caymanian culture and Mr Hew hopes that people will continue to help him and his members help others in the community. Moreover, he promises a great night out in exchange for the charitable donation.
‘This is a worthwhile investment that directly influences the quality of life of all in our Islands, and it’s also a wonderful evening of fun and entertainment!’ he added.
The importance of Rotary’s community projects cannot be underestimated. Meals-on-wheels for the elderly ensures that some 150 senior citizens who are house bound or unwell, get regular hot and healthy meals.
The school lunch programme prevents 30 underprivileged primary aged students from going hungry during the school day. The traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony and the senior citizens’ Christmas party adds to the festivities of the season for many Caymanians.
The Adult Literacy Programme helps adults overcome the disability of illiteracy in the community and in the prison system. This year’s reading week brought renowned UK author Peter J. Murray and his trilogy Mokee Joe to the islands’ primary schools, helping to motivate our young people to learn to love reading.
The Adventures in Citizenship project is an essay competition that takes the five finalists into the world of the government before awarding the winning essay.
One of the clubs latest initiatives is the Bodden Town Community ‘learn to swim’ pool, in conjunction with the Webster Foundation and the Cayman Islands Government.
Past major projects have included the construction of The Bonaventure Boys’ Home and the Francis Bodden home for Girls. The work of Rotary is never ending and they cannot do it without the cash.
‘We sincerely hope the community will step up and help us by purchasing tickets for this year’s Camelot Auction so we can keep these worthwhile projects going,’ Mr Hew added.
For those keen to get in on the action early bids can be made on some of the sensational lots at the auction’s special website just go to www.camelot.ky