A beauty pageant contestant is pleased with the partnership between the national sport and a local charity.
Alyssa Christian, contestant number two for the Miss Cayman Beauty pageant, says she endorses the Cayman Islands Football Association giving proceeds to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre from its upcoming Charity Shield match.
“I am happy to know that the football association has chosen the crisis centre for this event,” Christian said. “It is the charity I am representing and working with. I chose the crisis centre because the pain and long term effects of domestic violence are something I have seen personally. It breaks my heart to know that there are so many women and children that do not have a home that is safe and provides them with a loving environment, which we all deserve.
“I recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree in interior design and I am also an artist. I believe that art is a very successful therapy technique and my dream is to use my talents to help those children that have been affected by domestic violence and other traumatic experiences.”
The Charity Shield game, featuring George Town and Elite Sports Club, takes place at the TE McField Sports Centre on Sunday 11 September at 7pm. George Town, which boasts players like Leighton Eliott, are the reigning title holders after defeating Scholars International 7-6 (penalty) last year. The Charity Shield is the current curtain raiser for the local football season and it celebrates its third season this year.
For the record the crisis centre is a non-governmental charitable organization that provides services and programmes focusing on domestic and sexual abuse through the provision of safe temporary shelter for women and their children, community education and assistance to all victims of abuse.
Christian states the idea of football helping combat a significant issue should be commended.
“I see this game as an opportunity to not only assist the crisis centre in obtaining the necessary funds, but as an opportunity to bring awareness to this often disregarded issue in our society. Like Martin Luther King Jr once said, ‘We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’ I am appealing to the Cayman Islands community to come out and support this worthy cause.”