Dready helps athletes to Games

Cayman’s instantly recognisable cartoon character emblazoned on postcards and
T-shirts, baseball caps and several other local souvenir items, has helped
raise money in London to send Cayman athletes to next year’s Island Games in
the Isle of Wight

A picture by
artist and author Shane Aquart was one of several items snapped up during a dinner
and auction held in the House of Commons by Friends of Cayman in Westminster
last month.

The artwork, which
like all Dready pieces is digital art, depicted the historic Cayman landmark,
Pedro Castle. According to Mr. Aquart, the piece was bought by the London
advertising agency Media House.

Mr. Aquart,
who is celebrating Dready’s second year as a fully-fledged business venture,
was contacted to be a part of the event by the Department of Tourism’s Regional
Manager European Office Don McDougall.

 The Caribbean cartoonist explained that he and
Mr. McDougall had worked together recently and that the latter had earlier
discussed with him the idea of creating Dready artwork for the Department of
Tourism’s collateral in Europe.

“One of his
ideas was Pedro along with the Mission House and Miss Lassie’s cottage,” the
artist said.

A total of six
pieces were put up for auction and raised $22,000 to send local athletes to the
Isle of Wight in 2011. The event held in the Members’ Dining Room was hosted by
politician Graham Brady, secretary of the Cayman Islands All Party Parliamentary

The auction
items came under the hammer of auctioneer for the evening Felix Francis, son of
the late novelist and longtime George Town resident Dick Francis. Other lots included
items from former governor’s wife Carol Owen, Mr. Felix Frances, Cayman Airways,
Caybrew and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.