Live music, local food and a
mechanical bull were just some of the attractions that got the crowds out in
full force to support Rocktoberfest last Saturday. Mainly, however, throngs
showed up for the 11-hour event, staged at Grand Harbour, to raise money for
Team Cayman for Haiti.
The group from Butterfield
organised the free event to send five of its team to Gonaives, Haiti, to help
in the earthquake-ravaged country’s rebuilding efforts; they’ll be there from
29 October-7 November. Rocktoberfest was the last in a series of well-supported
events for the team and netted enough donations to cover building supplies and
to allow the team from Cayman to participate fully in the build-out week.
Cayman Team volunteers Taura Ebanks, Kathryn Walsh, Thomas Elliot, Derrylee
Carter and Russell Sager were keeping track of the cholera outbreak in Haiti
and were planning to work alongside the Haven charity, which is organising
local and overseas volunteers into the catering, masonry, electrical and
general labouring groups needed to build houses in an area about six hours away
“It’s been a lot of hard work
raising the necessary funds over the last three months, but it’s also been
immense fun working with my Butterfield peers, and it’s been exciting engaging
with the local community to have a positive impact on a neighbouring country in
need,” said Ms Ebanks.
As well as sets by the likes of Madam
Speaker, the Backbeat band, Sue & Kate, Suckerbox, Suite Elite and Clever
Knots, Core, Harmony & Little Magic, The Vagabonds and the Easy Street
Band, visitors enjoyed a martial arts demonstration by Capoeira Brasil and
refreshments from the Cayman Islands Brewery, which donated beer kegs and a
tent on the patio by the Brick House.
Organisers also sold Rocktoberfest
T-shirts, which were snapped up by attendees wanting memorabilia from the day.
Mrs. Walsh, one of the crew who is
due to travel out to Haiti, said: ”It was a terrific opportunity to display
some of the local music talent that exists on the island while also raising
funds for the Haven organisation. We were extremely thankful for the support we
received for Rocktoberfest from the community, the bands and the volunteers who
donated their time, talent and energy which made this event a memorable one.”
She added that “Team Cayman for
Haiti would like to extend a sincere thank you to John Mack from the Brick
House, Howie Tipton and the Lions Productions Team, Roger Hones and David Goffe
(the jerk chicken maestros), Paramount Media, Caybrew Brewery, Butterfield, The
Security Centre, Eyewaves Graphic Design, Signs of Paradise and all the
companies and stores that donated prizes for this event.”