Rotarians lend Bonaventure a hand

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman is helping making skill learning more accessible to the boys and young men at Bonaventure Boys’ Home.

Rotary Club members busy working

Rotary Club of Grand Cayman members were busy at work painting on Saturday. From left: Lynda Mitchell, Justin Bodden, Sharon Hurlstone, Harry Chisholm. Photo: Cliodhna McGowan

Saturday morning members turned out to continue their efforts at making improvements to facilities for the 15 youngsters residing at the West Bay home.

Team leader Larry Levers, of Children and Youth Services, explained that a vocational programme for the boys was being held at George Hicks High School, but thanks to help from the Rotary Club, this training would now be done on the home’s own grounds.

Auto-mechanics and carpentry are among the skills being taught to the boys and teens, who range from 11 to 17 years of age.

The training takes place three evenings a week after school and it means a lot, Mr. Levers said, to have the hassle free situation of being able to conduct these lessons on site.

The building also contains a work-out room, where the boys can work up a sweat.

Already, the Rotary Club of GC has put doors on an ancillary building on the home’s grounds. And on Saturday members turned out to clean it up and paint it order to have it useable as a workshop and training facility for the boys.

They also have cleared some of the surrounding land and on Saturday donated two lawnmowers and a weed whacker to the home, so the land can be kept in a neat condition.

President of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Joseph Hew explained that the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman built the Bonaventure Boy’s Home in 1977.

‘We still continue to support it. Every couple of years we do something to renew our partnership with them,’ he said.

Amongst those who turned out were Lynda Mitchell, Justin Bodden, Sharon Hurlstone, Harry Chisholm, Lindsay Scott, Laetitia Lainé, Chris Evans and President Joseph Hew.

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