Cayman helps kids get ‘fresh air’

The Cayman Islands and The Fresh Air Fund are teaming up again to provide New York youths with Caribbean sun and sand this summer.

Stingray City

Teenagers from inner city New York experience the thrill of Stingray City while on island with The Fresh Air Fund last year. Photo: Caribbean Producer Services

Following the success of last year’s Fresh Air Fund trip to the Cayman Islands, the destination is poised to host a group of inner-city youths again this summer, said a press release from the Department of Tourism.

The kids, ranging in age from 11-12, will stay with host families and experience some of the most unique and exciting activities the Caribbean has to offer through a partnership with the Cayman Islands, Cayman Airways and The Fresh Air Fund.

The Department of Tourism is looking for families to get involved from 28 July to 3 August in this great cause by hosting participants.

The Fresh Air Fund kids coming to Cayman are selected by the organisation based on their achievements, their willingness to succeed and their history with the organisation. Last year 11 teens spent a week visiting Cayman’s fun and interactive attractions including Stingray City, Boatswain’s Beach, Pedro St. James and QE II Botanic Park. The teens kayaked through the mangroves, snorkelled in Cayman’s pristine waters, and even took a day-trip to Cayman Brac, where they experienced the Parrot Reserve and Cayman Brac Heritage House and Museum.

‘It made for a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids who wouldn’t have been able to visit without the generosity provided by Cayman, and the host families and private partners who helped make the trip a reality,’ said the release.

The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. The organization garners extensive media coverage both in New York and on a national scale, and provides an ideal opportunity for the Cayman Islands to showcase its well-earned reputation for hospitality and warmth. The Department of Tourism has been working closely with The Fresh Air Fund to prepare all who are involved for the trip ahead to ensure another successful and memorable visit to the Cayman Islands, the release noted.

Any families who are interested in serving as hosts for the kids, or private organisations who would like to provide services or materials for the trip, can contact Lani Bothwell at the DoT at [email protected].

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