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Royal navy sailors help Sunrise Centre in community project

Sunrise Centre’s vegetable garden just got a little bit bigger, thanks to visiting sailors from the HMS Mersey.
Royal Navy sailors got right to work in the Cayman sunshine, helping build raised garden beds for the Sunrise Centre’s agricultural endeavors.

The added growing space will help Sunrise Centre clients produce better yields for sale at farmer’s markets around the island.

“It’s a real jump start to our programme. We are able to expand quite rapidly then, and hopefully get even more crops into the ground so that we can have a bigger yield so we can make more of the salsa and the other products that we do,” said Kim Voaden of the Sunrise Centre.

It’s fantastic, it’s a great part of the job where you’re out in the local communities and meeting new people and getting stuck in it on a different side of the job than you would do otherwise,” said sub-lieutenant George Cooke of the HMS Mersey.

The sailors were sent back to the ship with some jars of fresh salsa from the Sunrise Centre, and two beautiful breadfruit to share with their mates on the vessel.

However, it seems the Royal Navy vessel is not really having the best of times in Cayman. Earlier this month she was forced to head elsewhere because of bad weather, and once again, strong waves have cut her visit short.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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