Digicel extends help

School children throughout the Cayman Islands will soon be adding a splash of red to their uniforms, thanks to Digicel and the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman.

As part of the company’s Helping Hands community support programme, every school child in the Cayman Islands will receive a new school bag from the regional telecommunications leader, said a company press release.

All public and private schools will benefit from the programme. The company has partnered with the Kiwanis Club in the distribution of bags to local schools.

With the Helping Hands programme, Digicel has embarked on a new phase of assisting the Cayman Islands community. The idea for the programme came about after the passage of Hurricane Ivan. Overall, the company donated more than US$1 million in hurricane recovery aid to the Cayman Islands in the immediate aftermath of the storm and wanted to provide ongoing support to the community, the release said.

‘Through the long re-building process, we wanted to show our support to the Cayman community,’ said Digicel’s Marketing Communications Manager Tina Trumbach.

‘We thought of ways we could help, and came up with the idea of the school bags for children. It’s one less thing that parents, who are still focusing on larger issues like home repairs, will have to worry about. And it’s just the first of many activities that we are planning. The Helping Hands programme represents our commitment to playing a caring and active role in the community.’

The distribution of the bags is ongoing, with students at Bodden Town Primary, Lighthouse School, St. Ignatius Prep and High School and Cayman Prep and High School having already received their bags. Digicel and Kiwanis are continuing to contact local schools and arrange for distribution to all remaining schools.

Digicel’s Helping Hands programme will include sporting activities, corporate sponsorships and other community efforts.

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