Despite suffering its own share of hurricane damage, members of the management team of the Treasure Island Hote on West Bay Road felt that they could make a contribution to Cayman’s recovery efforts as a way of giving back to the community.
And when the tsunami hit parts of Asia, the plight of victims, particularly children struck another responsive cord in members of the hotel’s management team.
Treasure Island’s response was to earmark a portion of funds from several of its promotional events in the post-hurricane period to the Cayman Islands National Recovery fund to assist in local recovery efforts, and to the Cayman Islands Red Cross which had launched a one-month appeal for funds to aid tsunami victims, states a press release.
Recently TI’s general manager Mr. Luke McCoy presented cheques of CI$1,000 each to Executive Director of the Recovery Fund, Mrs. Angela Martins and to Mrs. Jondo Obi, Head of the Red Cross in Cayman.
Donations were made possible mainly from the hotel’s highly successful New Year’s Extravaganza, which featured seven local bands and from its Bartenders Ball, held on 31st January, Mr. McCoy noted.
‘We suffered so much and our renovations have just started but we have been driven to help and we haven’t stopped giving,’ he said.
The donation to the Red Cross came just at the end of its one-month appeal for funds and was a welcome addition to a project that was well supported by the public,’ Ms. Obi said.
‘We at the National Recovery Fund are pleased that Treasure Island has voluntarily provided such a generous donation,’ Mrs. Martins noted. ‘Our assistance to the people of the Cayman Islands depends on donations like this and we applaud their support.’
The National Recovery Fund has launched a pledge campaign to receive individual and corporate donations. The Fund, an independent Trust set up after the hurricane to provide relief for persons affected by Ivan, aims to repair some 500 homes by August 2005.
Already some 182 contracts have been awarded at a cost of CI$1.8 million and an additional 119 homes are being processed by the project managers, all towards repairing roofs and restoring damaged homes to suitable living conditions.