Sand castles benefit youngster

A sand castle competition held at
Calico Jack’s to raise funds for Zoe Solomon, a nine-year-old with a serious
heart ailment raised over $2,000 for the youngster’s ongoing travel for care in
Miami.

The event was organised by Cayman’s
Ark/Acts of Random Kindness, a group of individuals, whose aim is to support
those who need a helping hand or a voice in the community.

At the end of the tallying for the
event, $2,500 was collected for young Zoe, who in addition to having to go back
to Miami for her regularly scheduled checkups, is having to deal with a broken
femur bone, which happened in a freak accident while she was playing with
friends.

After being in a cast for some
time, it was found that one of the child’s legs was longer than the next and
the decision has now been made to re-break it again in order to properly set
it. However, even with all these challenges ahead of her, the spirited Zoe
maintained a most celebratory mood during the construction of the sand castles
and all the days happenings, romping freely with the other children.

When the construction of castles
came to a close, the family of Mike and Alison Bishop, along with their three
children Thomas, 14, Oliver, 9 and Elliot 6, whose castle depicted a conch
shell.

A helicopter ride won on the day by
Houria Fresard was given to Zoe by Ms Fresard.

A trip that allowed children in
foster care to visit Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, as well as raising over
$20,000 to help a young boy with Cleft Palate Syndrome are among some of the
other recent activities that Cayman’s Ark has spearheaded.

The organisation was formed four
years ago and one of the guiding philosophies they stand for, according to members,
is making sure that funds go directly to the source intended. They meet on the
third Thursday of every month at a different member’s home each time.

Cayman’s Ark is also set to send a
40 foot container to Haiti with relief supplies and is asking interested
individuals to contact them at caymansark.com.

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