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Celebrating Women, Inspiring Girls

Girls get creative with marshmallows and spaghetti.

Talent reigned supreme at the 14th Annual International Women's Day celebration held Thursday, 8 March, at Camana Bay.

There was a focus on celebrating women and girls of all ages and giving them an opportunity to showcase their skills and meet community mentors.

Co-hosted by the Family Resource Centre (FRC) and the Ministry of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing, the inspiring event featured musical & dance performances by Isadora Farrao-Powell of Bonafide, Cayman International School, 8-year old Serena Robinson, and Barnes Dance as well as the opportunity to meet World #1 All-Rounder & Batswoman Stafanie Taylor and #8 All-Rounder Shanel Daley.

Women and girls enjoyed photography, poetry, engineering, culinary and fashion competitions inspired by this year's theme, Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures. Individuals and teams created original works and vied for a grand prize of $250 per category.

Community mentors Cynthia Hew, Tina Foster, Heather Holt, Celecia Bancroft, Laurie Mcrae, Donna Myrie, Tanya Foster, Paula Duffy, Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette and Catherine Tyson, along with the audience, judged each competition. Prizes were sponsored by Orchid Development, Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, Priestleys-At-Law and Fosters Food Fair.

A highlight of the evening was the Drab to Fab fashion show. Competitors were given a chance to transform out-dated dresses into something fun and chic, and then model them.

The silent shoe auction was also a big hit. Bidders walked away with designer shoes at amazing prices. FRC Programme Coordinator Miriam Foster thanked the shoe sponsors: Soles, Cayman Shoe Shop, No. 1 Shoe Shop, Le Classique, Ritz Carlton, Atlantic Department Store, Curves, Walkers, Consolidated Water, NCB, CIBC, Tessa Hydes Property Management, Garrison Industries, Haviannas, Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, Diver's Supply, Sports Supply, Cayman Screen Print, Foster's Food Fair, Cobalt Coast, A.L. Thompson's Home Depot, the Ruby Family, Annie Multon, and the Staff of the Department of Counselling Services. All the funds will benefit the FRC's educational programmes for girls and women.

Congratulating the participants, Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing, the Hon. Mike Adam, MBE, JP, told attendees, "I trust that you also remember to honour the special women in your lives every day of the year!"

Ms Foster said it was "moving" to witness the turnout and response and was thankful to Camana Bay for providing the venue and event support. "We definitely met the global challenge set out by the International Women's Day campaign to inspire minds globally," she said. "I encourage everyone to work towards ensuring that the futures for our young women remain bright and filled with potential."

To be a part of the Honouring Women Month Walk/Run on the 24th of March or for information about on-going Honouring Women Month festivities or FRC services, contact 949-0006 or email Family Resource Centre.


For further information contact: Yvette Cacho

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