Pink Ladies in the black

Approximately CI$20,000 was raised by the Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps at their Annual Bazaar and Tea recently.

And with just a few days until Christmas, shoppers wasted no time stocking up on reasonably priced festive decorations, foodstuffs and presents.

Held for the past decade at St. Ignatius School on Walkers Road, the Loyola Hall and school courtyard were put to good use. Both areas housed stalls selling all manner of things for those with time to browse and money to spend.

Popular kiosks included a White Elephant stall, homemade jams and preserves booth, plant stall, a country kitchen stall with baked goods, craft stall and a children’s area.

Many of the items, made by the Pink Ladies throughout the year, had a distinctly festive theme. These objects ranged from dinky foam-filled Christmas trees to elaborate door wreaths. Most were soon snapped up as were the homemade selection of mango jams and spicy pickles.

The George Hicks School Band opened up the entertainment followed by the George Town Primary Dancers, Miss Jackie’s School of Dance, the Prospect Primary School Dancers and the Cayman National Choir.

The raffle table, groaning under the weight of luxury gift baskets, did brisk trade and displayed crowd-tempting fine wines/jewellery and restaurant gift certificates.

Green fingered gardeners stocked up on plants sold in a shady corner of the school’s courtyard. Children escaped from their parents clutches some sporting face paint and trailing helium balloons. The more dexterous tried their luck at the various throwing games in the Kids Corner, with most sported dazzling face paint.

Having browsed and bought the goodies on offer, the next port of call was the school’s cafeteria to sample the Pink Ladies Tea. Adults and children tucked into the mountains of cakes, cookies, cut sandwiches and refreshments, a pleasant end to a pleasant afternoon.

‘We’re delighted that the bazaar was so successful,’ said Pink Ladies Jane Bird.

‘We thank everyone who turned out to support us.’

The event has been running for over two decades, said Mrs. Bird. Proceeds from this year’s event will help the Pines Retirement Home, the Lighthouse School, the Cayman Islands Hospital and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.