Little Cayman Easter Auction is great fun for a good cause

Traditionally at this time of year, our friends on the utterly gorgeous paradise of Little Cayman get together for good company, a few beers and a good cause.

It all happens on Saturday, 7 April from 4pm to 6.45pm, Betty Bua tells us.

“We have what we call select items that continue to be bid on after the live auction, which is from 7pm to about 8.30pm. The people then have 15 minutes after the live auction to go bid on the select items.

“Select items are items that could be worthy of being in the live auction, but Peter Hillenbrand, our wonderful auctioneer, picks out what he thinks will be the best 23 to 25 items for the live auction,” says Betty.

The auction is in aid of the Little Cayman District National Trust and 2012 is special as it marks the 20th such beano.

Funds from the auction will be used for designated projects on Little Cayman, which support the mission of the National Trust of the Cayman Islands. The mission of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands is to preserve natural environments and places of historic significance for present and future generations of the Cayman Islands.

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As the event continues to grow each year, enticing more people to attend, it brings more attention to the donations that have supported the Trust efforts and to the names of those supporting the event, say organisers.

“The atmosphere is a very casual, and just pure fun. Peter, of course, knows everyone and in fact just about everyone knows everyone … hence the bidding wars can begin and what fun memories they can be.

“The fun memories are when Pete gets a couple of people who decide they may want the same item and he gets them wound up – quite often maybe they have had a few extra rum punches, beer or wine,” says Betty.

It really does sound awesome and Weekender needs little excuse to head over to Little Cayman at the best of times. And this truly is in a good cause, too.

“In the middle of the auction Pete takes a 10 minute or so break to get people to donate funds on a special project that the trust is working on.

“It has been everything from a wheelchair ramp to be built, new roof, display cases and exhibits and so on. This year, it is a real special project for a land purchase where iguanas go to next,” Betty explains.

No excuses, Weekenders – let’s bid!

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