Get your tartan out for Burns Supper

Who's for haggis?
Who's for haggis?

Cayman HospiceCare is holding a fundraising dinner with a Scottish twist at the Grand Old House this Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m. A Burns Supper with all the trimmings is planned, along with entertainment, dancing and the imbibing of whisky.

You don’t have to be a Scot to attend and you can leave your caber at home. Simply join in the celebration for a great cause.

Robert Burns
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne?”

While the song above is synonymous with bringing in the New Year and sung by millions across the globe, many don’t know that the author was Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

Robert Burns is the Scottish poet for whom the Burns Supper is named.
Robert Burns is the Scottish poet for whom the Burns Supper is named.

In 1801, five years after Robert Burns’ death, nine of his friends met in Burns’ cottage to celebrate his life and works. Little did they know that they’d started a global phenomenon that is celebrated every year (around Jan. 25, Burns Birthday).

The Burns Supper tradition has been celebrated in Cayman for over 30 years, but this is the first year that Cayman HospiceCare will be hosting the event to raise much needed funds to support the operational, day-to-day running of the hospice.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the Burns Supper this year and have received considerable interest with ticket sales, sponsorship and support from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). On behalf of Cayman HospiceCare, I’d like to sincerely thank our sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible,” said Kerrie McMillan of Cayman HospiceCare.


The evening’s entertainment includes the piping in and formal address to the haggis; the traditional Burns Supper speeches (among others, The Selkirk Grace, Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lasses and Reply from the Lasses); recited poetry and song “O my Luve’s like a Red Red Rose;” a delicious four-course meal (including haggis); whisky and Scottish Country Dancing.

“We are looking at new ways to raise our profile and funds to support the running of Cayman HospiceCare and what better way than to be part of the Burns Supper tradition?”

“Whether you are Scottish or not, eat haggis or are a strict vegetarian, love poetry or have two left feet, the Burns Supper is always a wonderful evening and we are very happy to be working with ICAS to making it a reality this year,” commented Director of Operations & Development Cayman HospiceCare, Danielle Coleman.

Cayman HospiceCare

Cayman HospiceCare is the leading community resource in the areas of death, dying, and grief. We are a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to providing dignified, quality comfort care, free of charge, to everyone in the Cayman Islands living with cancer or other end-stage diseases.

They are committed to enhancing and improving the lives of all those affected by death, and to assuring long-term emotional, spiritual and general well-being to survivors after loss.

Tickets are $150 per person. For further information, contact Kerrie at [email protected] or call 945-7447.