Helping hand at Mission House

Twenty-two employees from Goldman Sachs Company recently volunteered their services at the Bodden Town Mission House.

Helping hand at Mission House

Goldman Sachs Manager Grant Jackson, centre, helps sand the footpath. Photos: Submitted

In return the group was given the grand tour of the establishment by National Trust’s Jaime Azan, Sue Gibb and historic manager Denise Bodden.

‘It warms my heart to see Caymanians and residents working together to preserve our islands history and culture,’ Ms Bodden said in a press release.

The group worked on applying water seal to decking, tramways and steps, collected broken glass and ceramic shards from the yard, removed weeds, sanded the footpath, added soil and watered the gardens.

Some of the volunteers also assisted with scanning of images and data entry on the historic home registry.

‘Working on the Mission House project was a positive experience which gave me an opportunity to learn some of the heritage of the country I’m living in,’ said GS senior fund accountant Scot Corkery.

Having just arrived on the island and leading the team, he said it was a rewarding experience participating in the community project.

Grant Jackson, Cayman Goldman Sachs manager, was pleased to see the progress the National Trust had made since 2006.

Ms Bodden was very appreciative of the 22 employees who chose to come out on a hot Saturday morning to give back to the community by way of manual labour.

National Trust historic Advisory Committee member Sue Gibb was also on site to sort through broken glass and shards to ensure that any items of historic interest were not discarded.

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WHO THEY ARE

Mission House and Visitors Centre, a historic site of The National Trust for The Cayman Islands, is open year round and offers guided tours of the house and grounds. There is also a National Trust shop offering a variety of gifts, toys and locally made artefacts. Opening hours are Tuesday- Saturday, 9am- 5.30p.m, last tour at 4.30p.m. Admission Adults-CI$5, Children (under 12) – CI$2.50. Mission House is located at 63 Gun Square Road, Bodden Town. Call Jaime @ 947-5805 for more information and to pre-book tours.

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