Old Friends Reunion benefits school

Old Friends commitee members, back row from left, Leanna Rivers-Myles, Vanda Powery, Charlene Rivers and Dalkeith Bothwell present a check to children of Sir John A. Cumber Primary School.

Members of “Old Friends Reunion” community group has made a special presentation to Sir John A. Cumber Primary School Parent Teachers Association for the benefit of students at the school.

Old Friends Reunion presented Vanda Powery, president of the schools’ Parent Teacher Association, and secretary Leanna Rivers-Myles with a check for $500 on Saturday, Dec. 16, to go toward one of the projects they have listed, including purchasing equipment for the steel band.

The donation was part of the proceeds from the Old Friends Reunion annual celebration of food and fellowship, now in its 13th year, which took place at the Cayman Islands Turtle Centre in West Bay on Nov. 25.

Nearly 200 people attended the event at which friends and family enjoyed Caymanian music and folk songs by the Dennom Bodden Band, and another local act, the Back Beat Band.

Dalkeith Bothwell, a member of the organizing committee, said it was good to see so many people, young and old relaxing together, laughing and having a fun time.

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“They really helped so much, and while most of the funds were used to defray the cost of the meal tickets and entertainment, the remains of the money was presented to the Sir John A. Cumber PTA Committee for the benefit of the students at the school.”

He added, “It represents the first pledge towards their goal to get the children the equipment they need, and we hope others will support the school and the PTA in achieving their goal.

The “Old Friends Reunion” event has its roots in the home of Charlene Rivers on Sand Hole Road but over the years it has grown so much that the last few reunions have been held at the Turtle Centre.

Mr. Bothwell thanked major sponsors who supported the Old Friends Reunion and provided gift certificates which were given out during the intermission.

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