Land reserve fund receives boost

The National Trust for the Cayman
Islands raised in excess of $80,000 for the Land Reserve Fund during a recent
fundraising drive.

The funds were raised from
corporations, families and individuals.

 The United Nations declared 2010 the International
Year of Biodiversity. To honour this declaration and to raise awareness of both
the alarming rate of the loss of biodiversity worldwide and the importance of
preserving the habitat for the flora and fauna specific to the Cayman Islands,
the National Trust dedicated this fundraising effort to the purchase of land in
the Cayman Islands under threat of being negatively affected by development.
This effort is in keeping with the ongoing mission of the Trust to preserve
natural environments and places of historic significance for present and future
generations in the Cayman Islands.

Donors were invited to an
appreciation dinner on Saturday, 27 March co-hosted with the Brasserie. Thanks
to the generous assistance of Lisa and King Flowers and the team at the
Brasserie, who donated the night’s dinner at cost, as well as Cayman Distributors
Ltd. who donated a selection of beverages for the pre-dinner reception and
dinner, the National Trust was able to keep costs to a minimum.

The Trust urges anyone interested
in helping the National Trust preserve biodiversity in the Cayman Islands to
contact Erika Walton at 749-1129. Donors can also receive updates on land
acquisitions by calling the Trust office. 


Sandy Urquhart, senior vice president of Design for Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd., Gina Ebanks-Petrie, director of the Department of Environment, Janet Walker, National Trust council member, Tessa Bodden, vice chairman of the National Trust, H.E. Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Taylor, Erika Walton, development and marketing officer for the National Trust and Peter Milburn, fundraising chair for the National Trust.
Photo: Eugene Bonthuys