The National trust for the Cayman Islands celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala dinner Saturday at the Grand Old House restaurant.
Chairman of the National Trust Frank Roulstone said, ‘We are absolutely overwhelmed with our support this evening, we had over 300 people pay for tickets. It’s a wonderful evening. The rain has cleared and we are very thankful and appreciative.’
One of the highlights of the evening was the awards ceremony.
Some of the people that were acknowledged this year included Mr. Charles Adams who was recognised for his contribution spanning more than 20 years, in preserving historic buildings and cultural heritage.
Mr. Kem Jackson was honoured for his efforts regarding Cayman Islands maritime heritage and the Cayman catboat.
Captain Eldon Kirkonnell was presented with an award for protecting and preserving the ancient step well, which was discovered on his property along the waterfront in George Town.
Miss Ethel Ebanks was also singled out for preserving the unique aspects of a traditional Cayman sand yard
‘We wanted to recognise people from outside the organisation this evening. There are so many people who have helped within the Trust that it would be impossible to single out just 20 people. We felt it was important to recognise those who wouldn’t otherwise be recognised, who also contribute to the preservation of history and culture in the Cayman Islands.’
The anniversary dinner raised $40,000, which will go toward the trusts environmental and historic programmes. This year the organisation opened the Mission House property in Bodden Town and purchased an additional 196 acres of land. It now has over 2,700 acres under its care and protection and 15 historical properties.