A charitable trust administered by legal and financial services firm Mourant donated $20,000 to the National Council of Voluntary Organisations earlier this year.
The projects selected to benefit from the new funding include the provision of playground equipment, toys and nursery accessories to Miss Nadine’s Pre-School and Nursery, and a guided trip to Orlando for foster children.
The trip to Orlando took place in August, with twelve children aged between three and 15 travelling to Orlando for a week, accompanied by four adults. The children delighted in visits to the various theme parks in Orlando and Tampa, including Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure; Wet-n-Wild, Seaworld and Busch Gardens Africa, states a press release.
The NCVO is an independent, non-profit, charitable organisation that engages in projects to meet the social needs of the Cayman Islands community. It is supported by a government grant of CI$86,000 per annum, but as the home alone costs CI$160,000 per annum to run, the NCVO is reliant on donations for the remainder and for any treats such as the Orlando trip. Since Hurricane Ivan struck the Cayman Islands in 2004, the NCVO’s revenues and donations have fallen short. Also, a regular trust donation of US$35,000 per annum has recently run out of money, so new sources of funding are desperately required.
‘We were very pleased with Mourant’s donation as we are in real need of funds and would not have been able to afford such a wonderful trip for the children without their support,’ said Janice Wilson, NCVO chief executive officer.
‘We very much admire the work of the NCVO and were happy to be able to brighten the children’s’ lives in this way,’ said Roisin Cater, head of Mourant’s Cayman office.
Donations can be made to the NCVO by contacting Janice Wilson at the NCVO at [email protected] or by phoning 949 2124.