Lawyers get casual for NCVO

| 11/08/2009

(CNS): Employees from the legal firm Walkers recently gave the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) a cheque for CI$ 6,141.96 which they raised through the office ‘Dress Down Programme’. Each month the legal experts make a financial contribution in order to wear casual clothes for the last Friday of the month and then the money collected is given to a local charity selected by the firm on a quarterly basis.

 "An important part of the ‘Dress Down Programme’ is that our employees regularly make suggestions as to which charities the money should go to and as such we have helped a number of excellent causes over the past five years," said Audrey Hill the Human Resources Manager.  "The NCVO was identified as a suitable recipient by some of our staff members because it operates such a wide range of projects so many people in our local community could benefit from the donation money.”

Chief Executive Officer Janice Wilson was delighted to accept the money on behalf of NCVO and explained that the charity’s focus is on children’s services.

“This donation will specifically go towards Summer Camp vacations and a vacation to Little Cayman for the children at the Nadine Andreas Foster Home," she said.

"Corporate donations such as this are absolutely vital to the NCVO and they allow us to keep our programmes running. Without the support of firms such as Walkers we simply wouldn’t be able to function and this valuable contribution will ensure an enjoyable ssummer for the children."

The NCVO is an independent, non-profit, charitable organisation that engages in projects to meet the ever increasing social needs of the community. These projects require significant financial support. The Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home provides a ‘family type’ home for children in need. Projected running costs for the Foster Home for the 2008/9 Financial Year are in the region of CI$250,000 the NCVO said

Among the other important projects operated by the NCVO are: Miss Nadine’s Pre-School, which looks to give all children the opportunity to participate in Pre-School and The Jack and Jill Nursery and Early Learning Centre, which aims to provide quality care for infants for a manageable fee. The NCVO Caring Cousins Welfare Scheme is a fund providing lunch for students in need, while the organisation also donates annually to the John R. Gray Memorial Grant which provides financial assistance to students looking to attend an overseas university or college in the Cayman Islands. The NCVO also started the Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps, who have been providing voluntary community support in Cayman for nearly 30 years now.

Walkers’ ‘Dress Down Programme’ was started in 2004 and has donated money to numerous local charities including The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, Cayman HospiceCare, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, Batabano Carnival, the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands Humane Society and the National Trust’s Blue Iguana Recovery Programme.

Earlier this year the sum of CI$6,200 was raised by Walkers staff towards the medical expenses of young Nathan Bendo-Carias who required open heart surgery in Miami, having suffered from an illness for much of his young life. Also identified for assistance this year are the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and the Sunrise Adult Training Centre.

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