2005 Programme


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2005 programme

In 2005, Operation Sunshine took a group of young adults with learning difficulties along with their carers from a community in Milton Keynes UK, on a week long programme to swim with dolphins in Bimini in the Bahamas. During that week Operation Sunshine worked in collaboration with the local community in Bimini.

We noticed that most of the participants with learning difficulties developed with confidence and communication skills after swimming with the dolphins.

Here are some of the comments received following their programme

  • Since I swam with the dolphins I don’t seem so tired and have more energy. At home I am always going to sleep.
  • I thought the island was very nice being so small, next to the beach and the people friendly
  • I did swim with the dolphins and liked them making dolphin sounds.
  • I liked all of the programme
  • I would go again because it was therapeutic
  • Very friendly people. I enjoyed making new friends
  • The best part of the programme was swimming with the dolphins and snorkelling around the Three Sisters Rocks
  • I would like to go again to learn new skills on the island and make a lot of new friends there.
  • I would like to go again because people were friendly and kind.

Bimini Community

"In loving memory of Carolyn Burke who helped us so much with Operation Sunshine - her light will continue to shine in many hearts. With all our love and prayers for everyone that lost loved ones in Bimini during this difficult time".

‘Operation Sunshine’ is working with the local community in Bimini to encourage creativity and the exchange of culture between different countries. This special needs programme is supported by Ashley Saunders, Author of ‘History of Bimini’ and Teacher at the Bimini All Age School along with Annett Saunders, Potter and Proprietor of the Bimini Art Center and Gallery.

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Ashley Saunders- school teacher and author

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Ashley at the Dolphin House

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Some of the many mosaics

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Ashley with Dr. Horace Dobbs (Patron of Operation Sunshine)


Thank you to the late Carolyn Burke at the Bimini Arts Centre for giving us these words. A sentiment we share at Operation sunshine:

While walking along a beach a man saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.
As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfish the tide had thrown on the beach. Unable to return to the ocean during low tide, the starfish were dying. He observed a young man picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the water.
After watching the seemingly futile effort, the observer said, “there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. It would be impossible for you to get to all of them. There are simply too many. You can’t possibly save enough to make a difference”.
The young man smiled as he continued to pick up another starfish and toss it back into the ocean.

”It made a difference to that one, he replied”





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