The Ogier Dress Down Day programme raised a total of CI$26,892 during 2006.
The funds were raised by staff voluntarily contributing money each week to the Dress Down Day programme, with contributions matched by the firm.
The programme means staff may dress casually on a Friday but are requested to contribute to charity for the privilege. A different charity benefits each month and the recipients are chosen by staff vote, said a press release.
The 2006 beneficiaries were Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cancer Society, Cayman HospiceCare, Crisis Centre, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Diabetes Association, the Humane Society, Meals on Wheels, the National Trust, the NCVO, the National Recovery Fund and UNICEF.
‘Throughout 2006, Ogier regularly contributed to the community and was able to assist each charity with specific projects such as launching the Humane Society’s Animal Welfare Assistance Fund; buying Miss Nadine’s Pre-school new kitchen equipment and actively helping Meals on Wheels with their meal delivery programme,’ said Caroline Key, spokesperson for the Ogier Dress Down Day programme.
‘The staff involvement in the programme has been fantastic and their constant support has made this a very successful fundraising initiative.’
Peter Cockhill, partner at Ogier added, ‘We are pleased to support local charities and to put our money to work in the Cayman community. The money is sourced locally and applied locally, although we include one international organisation as a beneficiary each year to remind us that we are part of a global community.’
The selection process for the charities consists of asking staff members to nominate organisations that they are already a part of or would like to support in the future. This process enables the whole firm to contribute to organisations that are supported by the people within it and the overall programme touches a larger number of people within the community.
The recipients for the 2007 Ogier Dress Down Day programme are Medicins Sans Frontieres in support of their efforts in Darfur; the Kiwanis ‘Buy a Kid Breakfast’ programme; the Humane Society; Big Brother and Big Sisters; the National Trust; NCVO’ Crisis Centre; the Diabetes Foundation; Cystic Fibrosis; Meals on Wheels; Cayman HospiceCare; and the Department of Children and Family Services Christmas Toy Drive.
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