Rotaract Blue, a club for young professionals who are working to make a positive difference in the community, held their first Annual Open Arms Ceremony on Saturday, 12 July at the Marriott Beach Resort at 7:00 pm. 


The ceremony honoured caretakers, teachers and others in the medical sector, throughout the Cayman Islands, who have helped individuals with special needs.

Rotaract Blue recognises three of its key sponsors - Greenlight Reinsurance, Admiral Administration and Cayman National - for their generous contributions at the first annual Open Arms Award ceremony.

With its $35,000 donation, Greenlight Reinsurance became the event's founding sponsor.

"I congratulate Rotaract Blue for introducing the Open Arms Program," said Greenlight Reinsurance CEO Len Goldberg. "A project like this is much needed in our community. And it's a great honour to join Rotaract Blue in their efforts to build awareness of and education about disabilities."

With its donation of $3000, Admiral Administration became the programme's Silver sponsor. Said Admiral Administration managing director Canover Watson:

"We are grateful that our contribution towards this great cause will make a difference in the community."

Cayman National's $1,500 donation earned it a Bronze sponsorship. Claudia Welds, of the bank's corporate communications department, said: "I am more than happy that Cayman National has been given this opportunity to assist with this unique initiative. We wish Rotaract Blue much success in their future endeavours."

Rotaract Blue member Rene Shortridge, said:

"We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors, and we look forward to their continued sponsorship throughout the program. Due to their generosity, we will be able to continue to improve our efforts in reaching our goals throughout the Open Arms Program."

Astra Watler, also of Rotaract Blue, added:

"One of our main goals is to make a difference in people's lives, especially those with disabilities. Now with the help of our sponsors, we are well on our way in achieving this goal. And it is through community collaboration that the Open Arms Program will continue to gain momentum and achieve success."