For the past nine years Amanda and Dale Evans have called Grand Cayman and the Beachcomber Condominiums on Seven Mile Beach their home.
After Hurricane Ivan wreaked severe damage on the condominium complex, many owners and guests expressed concern, not for themselves but for their neighbours in Cayman.
‘Our owners have kept an eye on the recovery effort on the island and welcomed a chance to help,’ said Mrs. Evans. On 14 December Mr. And Mrs. Evans presented $10,000 to the Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund on behalf of Beachcomber, hoping to help a local family rebuild.
Mrs. Evans was overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern from Beachcomber owners and guests, many of whom live in the US: ‘Beachcomber condos are 25 years old and those who live or vacation here have developed a family environment. Initially our guests made phone calls and sent cards asking if staff were okay and then they asked what they could do to help the people of Cayman.’
The CINRF provides funding up to $15,000 to each qualifying family to repair roofs, doors and windows damaged by Hurricane Ivan. The fund’s Executive Director, Angela Martins, was happy to receive the donation: ‘On behalf of the trustees we are grateful to the Beachcomber’s owners and guests for their help and we also wish them a speedy return to normalcy. We will earmark these funds to assist a family repair their home and we hope other condo owners will come forward to help us help the needy in Cayman,’ she said.