Christmas came early for more than 150 children from all districts on Grand Cayman, thanks to the joint efforts of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, Island Princess cruise ship, the Cayman Islands Premier’s Office and volunteers.
Children aged 3 to 12 received a gift from Santa, enjoyed pizza, fruit drinks and water as well as the Airport Park’s playground equipment on Saturday, 17 December.
Organised by the premier’s office, the event featured gifts donated by the cruise association, which were brought over by the Island Princess’ crew – 20 of whom also volunteered to conduct the event.
Local volunteers were from the West Bay Community Council, as well as parents and teachers from public primary schools.
Pamela Small, who headed the volunteers, said the children included students chosen by principals of the different government primary schools for achieving good grades, being well-behaved and maintaining regular attendance.
The ship’s volunteers were from different departments and represented countries from a number of continents, said Tracy Dean, customer relations manager.
“It was fun to be a part of this event,” said the ship’s Hotel General Manger Emilio Mazzi, who put in some good-natured elf duty to help Santa. “It sure got us into the Christmas spirit and away from our busy schedules. We also got the added advantage of bringing joy to children and seeing their happy faces.”