Living it up for 
a good local cause

La Vida Loca, a Hispanic-themed evening of live music, dancing and cocktails is planned for Saturday evening, 7 May.

Organised by Acts of Random Kindness, a local humanitarian group, it will take place at the Prospect Playhouse, home of the Cayman Drama Society. As the drama society has been preparing stage backdrops for upcoming Spanish-themed plays, ARK approached them to see if they could make use of these backdrops for a lively Latino evening, featuring some talented local bands.

“We wanted to do something different and unique and together with Neil Rooney came up with the La Vida Loca Nightclub idea,” says Alison Lomax, one of the founders of ARK.

The theatre will be transformed into a nightclub and bands including Cool School, Korven/Rooney, Singrays, Mike Galvin’s Allstars and Fifth Element will donate their time and talent as an act of random kindness. All the theatre seating will be removed to create a cocktail party atmosphere where guests can mingle freely among the bands and cocktail tables and try out some of their dance moves.

Through La Vida Loca, ARK hopes to raise funds to continue their community work. The grass roots charity’s mission is to “change one life at a time”. It is their hope that through performing random acts of kindness to help those in need they will create a ripple effect so that more and more people will undertake to perform such acts of kindness.

Unlike other charities, ARK takes a very personal approach, identifying individuals and families in particular need, whether due to unemployment, poverty or illness, whom they help directly. By maintaining ongoing relationships with those they assist, they can keep members informed as to exactly how their donations are being used.

Current causes they are supporting include a newborn infant who has cancer and needs treatment in Miami, free swimming and tennis lessons for children with diabetes who need to lead an active lifestyle, and English and math tutoring for children at the NVCO Foster Home.

For tickets and further details please call Alison Lomax at 926-2118 or Tara Nielsen at 926-7925.

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