Rotaract Blue’s Open Arms Ceremony

Rotaract Blue Cayman Islands hosts
its third annual Open Arms Award Ceremony, Saturday, 3 July at Camana Bay (on
the water side of Cayman National Bank).

The programme aims to improve
integration of disabled people through education and raising awareness in the
community.

The event will open with a canapés
and cocktails reception at 5pm, with the ceremony starting an hour later.

Since the programme’s inception,
Rotaract Blue members have promoted the initiative’s mandate through public
service announcements and events including a yearly Open Arms Family Fun Day
and supporting the Sunrise Adult Training Centre’s after-care and learning
facilities.

The club has also donated $10,800
to facilities that work for the benefit of the disabled, such as the Lighthouse
School, Maple House and the Sunrise Adult Learning Centre.

The Open Arms Programme promotes
the view that the disabled must be given chances to develop, learn and be
valued. The philosophy is embraced in the theme of the 2010 ceremony, Just Like
You – Respect.

Honourees at the event will be
individuals who have distinguished themselves by helping the disabled locally.
The ceremony will also acknowledge individuals who have excelled regardless of
their disability.

Tickets are $35 per person and are
available from Rotaract Blue members.

Proceeds will go towards Rotaract
Blue’s community service projects, especially those that meet the club’s
disability brief.

“The support we have received thus
far has been tremendous,” said Jessica Powell, Rotaract’s director of community
service, “and we only hope to expand the celebration of these worthy and most
honourable individuals with the help of the community in the years to come”.

Following the award ceremony,
donations will be made to the Sunrise Adult Training Centre, the Lighthouse
School, Special Olympics Cayman Islands and Maple House.

For further information on the Rotaract Blue Open Arms programme or
how to become a sponsor or volunteer, contact the club at [email protected]

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