Contest winner off to Disney

A dedicated Caymanian Compass
reader will be jetting off to Disney World in Florida, thanks to the Cayman
Free Press and Cayman Airways.

In celebration of the upcoming
Pirates Week, Cayman Free Press ran a competition in which numbered tokens were
printed daily in the Caymanian Compass from Monday, 13 September to Friday, 15
October, with bonus tokens printed in the Observer on Sunday. All the
contestants had to do was collect 30 different numbered tokens from the two
publications during the competition period, pop it in an envelope along with an
entry form that appeared in the Compass or could be downloaded from
and mail it to Cayman Free Press. The competition was a hit with readers, with
750 entries being received by the competition closing date.

However, there could be only one
winner, and Judith Ebanks’ name was the first to emerge during the random draw.
Her prize includes four return tickets to Tampa, Florida, courtesy of Cayman
Airways, as well as $5,000 to spend on accommodation, Disney parks, and other
travel expenses.

For Ms Ebanks, winning the
competition came as a great surprise, but one that her family is certain to enjoy.

Although cutting out the tokens was
quite a bit of work, Ms Ebanks had help from her daughter Aija to sort the

“It was worth it in the end, wasn’t
it,” she laughed.

“I wanted to go on vacation but I
couldn’t afford it this year. But I get to do it now – I still have vacation
days left!”

Walt Disney World in Orlando,
Florida incorporates a variety of theme parks and water parks, including the
Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Diseny’s Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Animal Kingdom,
Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Of course, of prime interest
to anyone from Cayman may be the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the
Magic Kingdom.

Ms Ebanks is definitely looking
forward to the vacation, and already has her favourite part of Disney World
picked out.

“My favourite part of Disney is
always the Small World – it’s an old, old section, but I have memories of it as
a child myself, my older sister took me there, and I’ve always enjoyed it,” she

However, 11-year-old Aija had some
mixed feelings about the trip when asked whether she was looking forward to it.

“Yes and no – yes because it is
exciting and I can’t remember if we went to Disney World and if we did I cannot
remember the trip, and no because I might get lost,” she whispered.

As for who will accompany Ms Ebanks
and Aija on the trip, Ms Ebanks said her niece Mya will definitely be coming
with them, while her son Tayvanis will likely help to keep an eye on Mya and

Brian Uzzell, managing director of
Cayman Free Press, was very happy to see a deserving winner take home the

“We always hope that someone really
deserving will win the prize. To see it going to Ms Ebanks, who had to put her
vacation plans on hold this year, was the best outcome we could have hoped
for,” he said.


Bernie Bush, chairman of the Pirates Week committee, Aija and Judith Ebanks, the lucky winners, Olivia Scott Ramirez of Cayman Airways, and Brian Uzzell of Cayman Free Press during the prize presentation.
Photo: Eugene Bonthuys

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