The staff at Ogier continues to give generously to worthy local causes, with a recent donation being made to assist the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands in sending their Little Brothers and Sisters to camp this summer.
Funds were raised as part of the Ogier Dress Down Day programme. Now in its third year, the programme has raised more than $50,000 for charitable causes in the Cayman Islands and worldwide.
Money raised during the month of April was donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring programme which was introduced to the islands in the mid-1980s. The donations collected from Ogier staff will go toward summer camps for the Littles in the programme, with some attending the United Church Annual Residential Camp, and others attending day camp at King’s Sports Centre.
‘We are very happy that Ogier has chosen to help with this programme again this year. We are sure that our Littles will be very grateful and their lives enhanced by exposure to these camps and the social and educational experiences they provide,’ said Clifton Gayle, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Last year, Ogier donations allowed four Littles to go to summer camp, as well as providing school supplies for a number of children in the programme. This year, the donations will allow three times as many children to participate in summer programmes.
‘Ogier is supporting a number of programmes which will allow children to attend summer camp this year, because we feel strongly that children need these safe, positive, structured environments to continue their learning and development outside of the academic year,’ said partner James Bagnall. ‘We are especially pleased to support an organisation like Big Brothers Big Sisters, as the importance of fostering positive adult/child interactions cannot be understated.’
Ogier’s Dress Down Day Fundraising programme has supported a number of other worthy causes this year, including the Humane Society, Doctors Without Borders and the Kiwanis Club. Among other recipients of the programme are the NCVO, Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Monies are raised through weekly contributions from staff in exchange for the privilege of dressing casually on Fridays. At the end of each month the money is collected and the firm matches the staff contribution, doubling the amount going to charity. The charities are chosen by the staff at the end of each calendar year, with a different fundraising effort assigned to each month.