Caribbean broadcasters are supporting Cayman’s Special Olympic athletes.
Through the generosity of the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association, Special Olympics Cayman Islands is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the association’s 2014 Community Charities Program. SOCI was nominated for the grant by local telecommunications provider WestStar, a member of the association, which said Special Olympics was chosen as a grant recipient because of the outstanding service and assistance it provides to the community. WestStar recently made a check presentation with sales and promotions coordinator Lisa Burke and local athletes Kanza Bodden and Cindy Whittaker on hand.
The association’s Community Charities Program, established in 1993, has awarded more than $292,000 to Caribbean charities during its existence. The program originally awarded only 10 grants per year, but interest has grown in the last 20 years. Eleven charities were nominated for the 2014 grants and the association’s board of directors voted unanimously to award $1,000 grants to all.
The grant recipients were nominated by the following cable and telecommunications operators: Bermuda CableVision; British Virgin Islands Cable TV; Choice Cable TV of Puerto Rico; General Satellite Network Company of Jamaica; Innovative Cable TV St. Croix; Innovative Cable TV St. Thomas-St. John; Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; St. Maarten Cable TV; T.V. Distribution Systems of Curacao; WestStar of Cayman and Wireless Telecommunication Network of St. Maarten.
Formed in 1983, the association represents cable and telecommunications providers throughout the Caribbean, and the programmers, software and hardware suppliers that support their operations.