Kenrick Webster, managing director
of Webster Tours, has made books his cause, donating 3,000 books to Year 5
students at all primary schools in the Cayman Islands.
He also unveiled a new coaster in a
ceremony held at the company’s compound off Breezy Castle Way on Monday, 23
Mr. Webster, a Caymanian raised in
Breakers, is no stranger to service in the Cayman Islands, according to several
guest speakers on the evening, who acknowledged his time with the police
service and the role he played in solving Cayman’s first bank robbery in 1990.
After resigning from the service in
1994, Kenrick founded Webster’s Tours and today the company boasts a fleet of
over 19 vehicles and is still growing.
Housing Minister Mike Adams, as
well as Education Minister Rolston Anglin, were on hand for the occasion.
In his remarks, Mr. Anglin listed
just some of the services Webster’s Tours had offered to the Cayman Islands
community over the years, adding that their track record for and commitment to
corporate responsibility and community development were an example for others
“Not many people know that Kenrick
and his company also offer free service to bereaved families, and from 2003 to
2010 he has provided transportation for many school events. It is obvious that
cheerfully giving back to the community is at the core of this business,”
commented Mr. Anglin.
He added that when the Ministry of
Education was launching its Passport to Success programme and needed transport
for various undertakings, they called around and got several quotes. However,
once they contacted Kenrick and told him what the transportation was needed
for, “he offered to do it at no cost, without hesitation.”
“The Partners in Education
programme that we are planning will benefit greatly from Mr. Webster’s
involvement,” said the minister, who added that the donated books would be put
to good use.
The composition books will be distributed
throughout all schools in the Cayman Islands by a team of Webster’s Tours
employees, who will also travel to Cayman Brac to deliver the bounty.
During the ceremony, many from the
banking sector, who helped the company to become the success it is today, were
honoured, and Mr. Webster thanked them for believing in his vision.
Last year, Mr. Webster donated 54
books to primary school students and decided that the endeavour was so
rewarding and fulfilling that he would expand the initiative.
The bus which was unveiled during
Monday’s gathering was custom built in China to meet Mr. Webster’s
Referred to as a Yutong Bus, it
seats 31 people and has internet access, dual side fuel intake and luggage
compartments, among other things.
Mr. Webster noted, “At a time when
the world economy is experiencing a recession, we must be innovative and
determined to have a product that can compete with other destinations. Now is
not the time for excuses but rather a time of introspection tempered with resolve.
Our greeting and hello must be the most memorable in the Caribbean.”
Guests were then taken on a ride on
the new bus to the airport.