KPMG helps make Christmas bright

Christmastime always brings to mind a sense of sharing and caring for others and this year was no exception for the partners and staff of KPMG who wished to help make a difference to others in Grand Cayman.

Nina Scott with Kris Beighton.

Nina Scott, acting director of the CI Crisis Centre with Kris Beighton.

Staff donated 168 toys to the Lighthouse School, The Department of Children’s Family Services and the Crisis Centre.

To enhance the toy gift initiative, the partners agreed to match each toy donated with a monetary value raising a total of CI$2,000.

“This year we really want to help bring joy and happiness to those less fortunate than ourselves. To be able to play a small part in making someone’s Christmas a joyous one,” said KPMG Manager Melissa Barnes, who spearheaded the effort.

Director Deanna Lookloy adds, “On behalf of the Department of Children and Family Services, we extend our thanks to the staff of KPMG for their kindness and also for remembering the less privileged persons in our community at Christmas time. Your partnership with government for this Christmas season is commendable. We wish all the staff of KPMG a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

The monetary donations were distributed as follows:

• Lighthouse School Occupational Therapy Department CI$500 along with an additional CI$250 gift certificate to the Book Nook

• The Department of Children’s’ Family Services CI$500 Lifeline Fund to go towards dinners for the less fortunate

• Cayman Islands Crisis Centre CI$500

• The National Council of Voluntary Organisations CI$250 certificate to Hobbies and Books as part of a monthly Youth Citizenship Award program

Commenting on the KPMG initiative Acting Director of the Crisis Centre Nina Scott says, “The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre extends our sincere appreciation to the staff of KPMG for their generous donation. The toys donated will make an extra special Christmas for the children of the CICC. The money donated by KPMG will go towards groceries and household items for the clients in Centre during and after the Christmas season. The CICC thanks you for your care and support of this organization. Without the support of the community, we would not be able to provide these women and children with the joyful and heartfelt Christmas they deserve.”

Janice Wilson, CEO of NCVO adds “We are very grateful to KPMG for supplying the “Citizenship Awards” for 2007. These are gifts that are given to one child in each class every month at “Miss Nadine’s” pre-school in recognition of characteristics such as honesty and respect.” KPMG Partner Kris Beighton agrees and says ‘These attributes form part of our firms’ values and we welcome initiatives that encourage the adoption of these values by the youngest members of our community’ Kris ends by ‘Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas.’

To request further information about KPMG or its corporate social responsibility programme please contact Kris Beighton on 949-4800.

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