Students dress up to help HospiceCare

Cayman Prep Year 10 to 13 students, dressed as colorful Roald Dahl characters, will be out and about in town Friday, selling calendars, Christmas angels and chocolates to raise money for their “Make A Difference” campaign.

The high school students and teachers are hosting the dress-up initiative to raise money for Cayman HospiceCare. Among other items, the students will be selling 700 to 800 calenders at the retail price of $15 each.

“It would be wonderful if we do manage to sell off all the calendars for HospiceCare, but from the school’s point of view, it is also about the children giving of their time and spreading awareness about HospiceCare, which is quite important,” said Nicola Sowerby, a teacher at Cayman Prep and High School.

Ms. Sowerby is coordinating the school fundraiser along with Arthurlyn Pedley.

Jennifer Grant-McCarthy, operations and fundraising manager at Cayman HospiceCare, said they spoke to Cayman Prep students about their intuitive, and it not only gave them a chance to thank them, but also to talk about HospiceCare’s motto, “We’re About Life.”

She said at Cayman HospiceCare, staff and volunteers focus on the quality of a life as opposed to the length of one, and it is a philosophy of care as much as it is a medical specialty.

Ms. Grant-McCarthy said, “It’s a tough topic, but educating our young people to think in different ways about death and dying will make such a difference when they became our community leaders. With this event, they are focusing their enthusiasm and having fun, but at the same time raising much-needed funds for Cayman HospiceCare.”
“The staff at Cayman Prep have done a tremendous job organizing this and we are very excited to get out there with the students on Friday,” she added.

Ms. Sowerby said, “Every year Cayman Prep and High School aims to make a difference in the community. This year the students were inspired to make a difference not just by donating money to HospiceCare but time as well.”

The younger students will remain at school working on art projects to be used by HopiceCare, while the older students will visit local businesses at places such as Camana Bay, the Strand, Governors Square, Cricket Square, Mid-Town Plaza and George Town cruise ship terminal.