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Cayman Islands Government

Give Boys the Best Start

Department of Counselling Services' Family Resource Centre (FRC) will be joining countries around the world in celebrating the first official International Men's Day (IMD) in the Cayman Islands on 19 November 2011.

The objectives of celebrating an IMD include focusing on men's and boys' health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models, while creating a safer less-violent world. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage and child care.

The FRC will partner with Department of Sports to host the 1St International Men's Day Football Tournament and Expo at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday, 19 November 2011 from 9am-3pm. The football tournament will offer a unique opportunity for men and boys to interact because each team will consist of 5 men and 5 youth.

The registration to compete is open now and is $15 and $5 for men and boys respectively.

The teams' shirts have generously been sponsored by Davenport Development, Hydes & Sons, Island Taste, Brooks & Brooks and the Estella Scott Roberts Foundation. The Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing, Hon. Mike Adam will deliver the International Men's Day address and the Minister of Health, Environment, Youth Sports, and Culture will open the games. The Grand Prize of a medal and cash voucher has been sponsored by the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports & Culture.

The expo portion of this event has kindly been sponsored by Ogier & Saxon MG and will consist of interactive booths from various companies and organizations that provide services for boys and an opportunity to get involved. Charities also have an option to raise funds. The Department of Sports will also have 3 on 3 basketball games and races for all ages.

If you are interested in having a booth, it is not too late to reserve a space! Papa John's, Ruth's Kitchen and Island Taste will also have food for purchase available. Families are encouraged to attend this free and exciting event. Help "Give Boys the Possible Start in Life" and come out and support them!

For more information on this event please contact Miriam Foster at 949-0006 or email Miriam.foster@gov.ky.

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver