Environment contest winners visit

The winners of a 2010 photo
competition visited Cayman in what they termed the trip of a lifetime.

Kari Thirsk and family, of
Nashville, Tennessee, stayed at Grand Cayman Marriott Resort for a week in a
Summer Splash vacation after winning the grand prize in the Protector of the
Environment photo competition. It encouraged participants to submit photos that
depicted their efforts to protect the environment, and the Thirsks won after
young Anna showed how recycling was part of their lives.

“Our family likes to recycle, buy
items from locally grown farms at our local farmer’s market, take public
transit when it is available and clean up our community, whenever it is
needed,” said Mrs. Thirsk, who thanked the Department of Tourism.

“This trip allowed our children to
realise the importance of protecting the environment and keeping the marine
life safe by keeping our ocean waters clean.

“The education and experience they
were able to have from our trip to the Cayman Islands was one they will never
forget. We have travelled a lot and have never experienced anything like
Stingray City. My children are three and five years old and they are the only
one of their friends that can say that they swam with stingrays”

The Summer Splash promotion
features the Cayman Islands Sea School, where kids learn about marine life and
conservation. They also have the chance to meet SpongeBob SquarePants. The
family-focused promotion featured offers for kids to eat, stay and play for
free from 15 May to 6 September.

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