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Young artists of the Cayman Islands are encouraged to put their creative skills to the canvas in an art competition organized by the Humane Society and sponsored by FirstCaribbean International Bank.

The purpose of the competition is to educate the youth on pet care and animal awareness through visual mediums.

The theme of the competition is Cayman Pets at Christmas 2007.

The winning design will be reproduced on a set of Christmas cards sold and distributed by the Humane Society, with proceeds benefiting programmes run by the non-profit organization.

All budding artists are encouraged to submit their entries by 16 June to the Humane Society.

FirstCaribbean’s support of the art competition will go toward a series of prizes for participating artists, as well as enabling the Humane Society to promote the competition amongst the Islands’ schools.

Human Resource Manager with FirstCaribbean, Pat Ramoon, said, ‘The work the Humane Society does is admirable since most of this is voluntary and requires people giving of their time and service to the ‘least’ amongst our society.’

Kerri Kanuga, an avid volunteer as well as on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society, expressed thanks for the support from FirstCaribbean: ‘We are grateful for the donation that will go a long way in educating the community about our animal population and help in protecting the health care of stray and lost animals.’

Ms Ramoon added ‘FirstCaribbean recognizes the importance of involving the youth in activities which raise animal awareness. Our participation in this event reflects the Bank’s promise to continue enriching our communities through such positive, educational, and creative means.

The art competition is a fun and interactive way for youths between the ages of four and 16 to show their artistic abilities and publish their work, while developing compassion for animals.