Today’s Editorial July 12: Name your Unsung Hero

We all know them; people who quietly make a difference in our community.

People like Mavis Williams of the Cayman Islands who helped raise more than 25 children, not including her own children and grandchildren.

Or like Fabian Mitchell, a young man in Jamaica who founded Cross Roads Foundation, which is a member of the People’s Action for Community Transformation, out of his desire for change and love for youth.

Then there’s Marvin Finlayson of The Bahamas who has, for everyday in the past 16 years, devoted his life to reaching out to the hearing impaired and erasing the obstacles to creating equal opportunities for them.

Kindness and care for fellow man isn’t the only common thread for each of these people.

They have all been named FirstCaribbean Unsung Heroes.

The Unsung Heroes programme has become the flagship for volunteerism in the Caribbean. It was started in 2003.

Each year entries are sent from the 17 countries in which FirstCaribbean operates.

The international bank is looking for the region’s selfless heroes who generously give of their time and resources to improve the lives of the less fortunate in their communities.

Entries are evaluated based on the impact of their service on their community as well as the time and sacrifice committed to their efforts.

Of all the entries, the regional panel will choose only one Unsung Hero and identify two others for honourable mention.

Here’s where you come in.

The Cayman Islands branch of FirstCaribbean held a dinner Monday night launching its quest for Unsung Hero nominations.

Anyone can nominate anyone.

The Cayman bank is encouraging the nominations of those individuals and groups in Cayman that are making a difference in the community.

Hundreds of entries are anticipated, including two from the Cayman Islands.

So if you know of someone you think is worthy of the FirstCaribbean Unsung Hero recognition, pick up an application from FirstCaribbean or go online to www.firstcaribbeanbank.com and look under the shortcuts section for Unsung Heroes.

We have so many who do so much without recognition in the Cayman Islands.

Let them know they are appreciated.

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