Every year, local charities find ways to raise funds and put supporters of their cause in the spirit of the season. This is the time when specialty calendars and Christmas cards can be found at many different retail outlets.
The calendars make great stocking stuffers and naturally the cards are a wonderful way to share love and good wishes, while giving back to charitable organizations that do great work all year round.
Consider buying one or all of the following unique items and show how much you care this Christmas season.
Cayman Watercolours Calendar
Charities: Cayman HospiceCare and the NCVO
This is the 5th annual incarnation of this incredibly popular calendar, featuring original watercolor artworks from a number of different artists.
It all began with the vision and dedication of Annette Zalewski, who was the sole artist for the first three years, providing a range of glorious Cayman landscapes to fill the pages from January through December. Each month also had the added bonus of a delicious recipe to try – a nice added value for any lucky recipient.
Over the past two years, other local artists have joined Zalewski’s quest to create more than 12 watercolors (12 months plus cover) for the Cayman Watercolours Calendar. The original, framed artworks are auctioned off in May, when the calendars are hot off the press.
This year, the auction was held at LUCA on May 26, raising record funds for both of the charities that the calendar supports.
The 2016 Watercolours Calendar can be purchased from stores island-wide, or online at www.caymanwatercolourscalendar.com for $15/US$20.
Cayman Islands Humane Society Calendar
Charity: Cayman Islands Humane Society
There is certainly no shortage of animal lovers in the Cayman Islands, and the Humane Society plays a vitally important role, taking in stray animals and finding them foster and forever homes.
The cover of this year’s calendar, the first in seven years, has been provided by award-winning photographer Cathy Church.
Volunteer Linda Rowe was a guide-dog trainer and professional dog walker in the U.K. As she is now retired, she has a lot more time to devote to animals, and has therefore been working on the calendar for the last few months.
“I have never produced a calendar or anything like this before,” she said, “but working with dogs, cats and children was challenging and great fun.
“We took the dogs to many locations on the island, proving that Cayman is a very welcoming, dog-friendly island.”
Full sponsorship from Rotary Central has enabled the organization to not only create and print the calendar, but to also ensure that it receives every dollar from its sales.
Church donated her time and efforts to capturing animals at their best.
“The cover photo is of Tigger,” Church said. “I loved photographing him, but he swims really fast and loved to go to Linda [Rowe], so it was a challenge to catch him above and under [the water].”
“He has found a new home and hopefully all of these dogs will find a good home too.”
The 2016 Cayman Islands Humane Society Calendar is $15 and is available for purchase at the shelter on North Sound Road. Money raised helps fund food and care for the animals.
Cancer Society Christmas cards and gift tags
Charity: Cayman Islands Cancer Society
The Cayman Islands Cancer Society has greeting cards and gift tags for sale this year to help raise funds for the organization. Part of the society’s mission is to raise awareness of the importance of regular screenings, and to support cancer patients and their families.
The cards feature a Christmas tree decorated with all of the colors of the awareness ribbons. Pink, for example, is the awareness ribbon for breast cancer, while blue represents prostate cancer.
The gift tags – a new addition this year – feature the same image.
The Christmas cards and tags sell in bundles for $12. They can be obtained from the society’s offices at 114 Maple Road, the yellow building opposite George Town Hospital.
Christmas angel ornaments
Charity: Cayman HospiceCare
Handmade angel ornaments are on sale from Cayman HospiceCare to raise funds for free end-of-life services. These services are vitally important to families dealing with the illness of a loved one, as they not only focus on the patient, but also on those who need support and a break from providing constant care.
Cayman HospiceCare join hospices across North America raising funds with these limited-edition clay angels and doves crafted by Texan artist and hospice supporter, Jacqueline Thomas. The angels are perfect to use in remembrance of a loved one, or to be given as a gift to cherished friends or family.
They can be purchased from the Cayman HospiceCare Conch House at 492 North Sound Road. The dove ornaments are $15 and the angels are $20.
National Trust Christmas tree ornaments
Charity: Cayman Islands National Trust
Thanks to the design of 3 Girls and a Kiln, the National Trust for the Cayman Islands is featuring one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornaments that depict Nurse Leila’s Home in West Bay. All proceeds will aid in the restoration of Nurse Leila’s home.
Call 749-1121 for purchase information. Ornaments are $15 each.