Sunset sail slated

Who doesn’t love a leisurely sail as the sun sets – especially when it marks the end of another week in the office?

And if by simply sitting back, sipping a cocktail and nibbling on some finger foods you can also be supporting the National Trust for the Cayman Islands’ Education Programme, there’s no reason to say no.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Red Sail Sports, the National Trust is offering a sunset sail aboard one of their spacious catamarans this evening, Friday, 22 March. It costs $25 per person, leaving the SafeHaven dock at 5.45pm and returning at 8pm.

Along the way, there will be a cash bar, and finger foods are included in the price. There’s plenty of space for as many as 70 people and a number of National Trust staff, council members and volunteers will be on board with plenty of information about what the organisation does.

They’re aiming to raise money for the education programme, which seeks to increase awareness of Cayman’s historic and natural heritage among young people.

Budget cuts and reduced funding from government in recent years has forced the National Trust to significantly pare down its education programme.

“We currently lack sufficient funding for an education programme manager who would normally be in charge of delivering the education programme – now we are just able to offer the bare minimum,” says Basia McGuire, development and marketing officer at the National Trust. “We have established excellent relationships with the schools, but now we are struggling to meet their demands.”

Aimed at school children and students, the education programme covers a variety of topics from bats and iguanas to traditional homes and native plants. Children can learn about mangroves, butterflies, birds and more through presentations, activity sheets, field trips and summer camps.

For more information, call 749-1129.

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