Wednesday, May 19, 2010


This summer, a group of New York City-based children will visit the Cayman Islands while a group of Caymanian kids will travel to New York though a partnership between The Fresh Air Fund, the Cayman Islands, and Cayman Airways. From July 22 – 28, 10 inner-city children ages 10-12 will stay with host families in Grand Cayman to experience some of the most distinctive and engaging activities the Caribbean has to offer. Additionally, this is first time in the four years of this partnership that a cultural exchange program has been implemented, offering children ‘fresh air’ both in the Cayman Islands and New York.

The Fresh Air Fund kids will enjoy a week in Cayman experiencing some of the destination’s most fun and interactive attractions including Sea School with SpongeBob Squarepants, Stingray City, Boatswain’s Beach, Pedro St. James ‘Castle’, and the QE II Botanic Park, where they will encounter the endangered Blue Iguana. As part of this special exchange program, five Caymanian kids will experience days filled with swimming, sports, arts & crafts, boating, hiking, music, fishing, dancing, and more at the Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah in Fishkill, New York.

“We are very happy to continue this strong partnership by participating in an exchange program with an organization so beloved by New Yorkers,” said Acting Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands Mr. Shomari Scott. “The Caymanian community is excited to welcome a new group of children this summer and we look forward to showing them the many wonderful activities and attractions on-island.”

The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. The Fresh Air Fund children headed down to Cayman were selected by the organization once again this year based on their achievements, their willingness to succeed, and their history with the organization.

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