Donations by the Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps and the Kiwanis Club have been the driving force behind a new mini bus for the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home.
The van will make getting to and from after-school events a lot easier for both children and staff of the home run by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.
Pink Ladies Secretary, Judy Massie, said: ‘As the Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps is part of the NCVO, we like to support them whenever we are able. Putting money towards this much needed van was one way of showing how much we value its contribution to the people and especially the children of the Cayman Islands.’
According to Chris Bain of Kiwanis, the club’s places emphasis on the needs of children in the local community. The club’s donation was raised from funds following its annual bike event.
On commenting on the van the NCVO’s CEO Janice Wilson said: ‘We are very grateful to those organisations who contributed funds towards the purchase of the Foster Home van as our old vehicle was unreliable and badly needed replacing. The new van is essential to the home in order for the children to be safely transported to school, church, youth group, cadets and many other activities’.
The foster home receives fees from the Department of Children and Family Services and the Ministry of Health and is heavily subsidised by the NCVO and through donations from companies and individuals.
The home is currently trying to raise US$12,000 to send the foster children on a summer vacation in August. Organisations or individuals wanting to make donations towards this or any other NCVO programme, can visit the NCVO website: ncvo.org.ky or contact Janice Wilson on 949-2124.