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HE Donates to Teen's Cause

Victoria Bise (second from left) receives gifts from His Excellency the Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO, (centre). The Governor donated gifts to Victoria's 25 Days of Christmas toy drive. Looking on (from left) are Victoria's mom, Veronique Bise; her stepfather, Darrell Hines; Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort's Director of Sales and Marketing Carolina Voullieme; Victoria's younger sister, Elisabeth Bise; and Marriott Beach Resort's Sales Manager Iva Jozic.

Thirteen-year-old Victoria Bise chose to do something a little different for her Christmas holidays this year. Instead of anxiously waiting to receive her own Christmas gifts, she's busy collecting presents for needy local children.

Commending her actions and handing over the first donations to her cause, His Excellency the Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO, presented four iPod nanos, a telescope, and two doll sets to Victoria for her 25 Days of Christmas toy drive. The gifts were donated by the Governor and his staff.

"We decided to support Victoria's cause this year because we believe she's setting a stellar example for her peers," Governor Jack explained.

"At Christmastime most children are concerned with the number of gifts they'll be collecting. Instead she's collecting gifts so that others, who may not be receiving gifts, can experience the joy of opening their own presents, too."

In addition to the Governor's staff's donations, His Excellency also redeemed points earned from the Marriott's Preference Plus Programme. The points were traded in for the electronics.

Victoria will give all of the donated gifts to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, and to children on the Health Services Authority Paediatric Ward.

On Christmas Eve, after the gifts have been presented, she also plans to read Christmas stories, from her own collection, to the children recovering at the hospital.

Other companies or individuals interested in donating to Victoria's 25 Days of Christmas toy drive can drop off unwrapped gifts at Little Darlings on Shedden Road, or at Caribbean Network Solutions (Genesis Building, Dr. Roy's Drive), where her stepfather Darrell Hines works. Please drop off the gifts by Tuesday, 23 December.

For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan