Food drive fills need

The Curves fitness club offered its members plenty of food for thought with its charity drive in March and they responded in kind, donating 1,832 lbs worth of non-perishable items.


From left, Irja Hickey, Lois Johnas and Diane Corich of Curves display all the food collected. Photo: Iris Stoner

The food will be going to the Department of Children and Family Services which will deliver the groceries during Easter.

During the month, anyone who brought in a bag of non-perishable food received 50 per cent off the club’s sign-up fee. Existing members were also encouraged to give, with T-shirts awarded to the top six contributors.

Diane Corich, who owns Curves along with Robert Musselwhite, explained that they wanted to help the people of Cayman who needed some support.

‘From speaking with quite a few of our Curves members as well as members of our community, I was alarmed by the lack of knowledge that there in fact are people out there in need of community support; individuals and families who for various reasons do not have the financial ability to provide all necessities of day-to-day living,’ Ms Corich said.

While both members and staff contributed to the cause, she singled out Progressive Distributors, which donated more than 20 per cent of the total food items collected.

Kim Foster, a manager at Progressive, is a member of Curves so heard about the drive and decided to become involved.

‘What a great idea. It’s for a good cause so we just arranged for some food to be donated,’ she said.

In all, Progressive contributed 404 lbs of food, including flour, sugar, cereal and drinks, Mrs. Foster added.

‘It’s a great time of year to do it, at Easter. What a great way for Diane and Bob to give back,’ she said.

Other community organisations helped as well.

‘Roberta Gordon, director of the Sunrise Adult Training Centre, donated her time and, with the help of a few clients, graciously offered to pick up all the food items, pack them into the centre’s bus and deliver them to a shelter where the food will be bagged and distributed to all districts on Grand Cayman,’ Ms Corich said.

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