President Joey Hew of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman presented a cheque for CI$40,000 to the Meals On Wheels Chairman Rotarian Richard Coles last week. These funds were raised from fundraisers organized by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman namely the annual Camelot Auction, which will be held on May 25 of this year.
Meals on Wheels is a charitable organization ran by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman with the assistance of the Government and the Rehoboth T.E. McField Center, where the meals are prepared.
Over the years the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s Meals On Wheels programme has grown from delivering meals to a few indigent and shut-in senior citizens twice-a-week to a full blown programme of approximately 65 meals five days per week in George Town and 20 in the Eastern Districts. In West Bay another 20 meals are provided three days per week.
‘We are confident that this is a meaningful programme that is satisfying a great need in the community,’ the Rotary said in a press release.
‘The continuing effectiveness of Meals on Wheels will depend greatly on the level of support it receives from the Club. In order to ensure its long-term success the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman has registered a not-for-profit company for Meals On Wheels. It is hoped that with the support of key corporate sponsors the Rotary Meals On Wheels can continue to grow and provide this very valuable service to our community.’
Meals for the George Town area are prepared five days per week at the Teacher McField Centre under the supervision of Beulah McField. The Club provides the food supplies while Beulah provides the facility and personnel to prepare the meals.
Rotary has also recently provided most of the kitchen appliances for Miss Beulah.
A wide cross section of community volunteers including church members and Rotarians deliver meals to the needy each day. To be able to command this level of community support for the meals delivery programme is one indicator of its meaningfulness to the George Town community.
‘It is our hope that more Rotarians will find it possible to join the delivery work force so that the programme can be expanded over time to include other areas,’ the release said.
Cayman Islands Marine Institute also prepares meals for the West Bay area and Red Cross volunteers do deliveries. About 25 meals are delivered each day, three days per week. Largely due to the tremendous support received from the Red Cross the West Bay area programme continues to run smoothly. The meals for the Eastern Districts are prepared at cost by the Lighthouse Restaurant, and are delivered by community groups in those districts.
This year Meals on Wheels began to provide lunches for primary age school children who would otherwise go without. This programme is currently being utilized in three primary schools on the Island.
This year it is expected that the Meals on Wheels programme will cost the club in more than U$100,000.
For information on the Camelot Auction or other Rotary Club of Grand Cayman events or fundraisers please call 916-4394.