Lions get their hands dirty

Members of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman brought extra cheer to a family in Newlands in December by assisting them in the first stages of acquiring a home.

Lions get their hands dirty

Lions get their hands dirty digging a trench for Beverly McLaughlin of Newlands. The Lions Club of Grand Cayman stepped in to help the mother of four by laying a concrete slab and putting down plumbing and electricity for her new house. Photo: Submitted

Beverly McLaughlin of Newlands, a mother of four, who was unable to qualify for a mortgage without some equity, asked the Lions for help completing the foundation of her small house in North Sound Estates.

A member of the Church of God Full Gospel Hall in Savannah, Mrs. McLaughlin received some assistance from her fellow church members who were able to help with the block work and fill for the foundation.

Members of the Lions club of Grand Cayman offered then helped Mrs. McLaughlin by putting down plumbing and electricity for the house.

Lions 2nd Vice President Debbie Ebanks, who has responsibility for the Social Services Committee, said the project would not have been possible without the support of their community partners who assisted with the project.

She thanked two of the club’s members who donated the services of their companies; Walton Gooding of NGN Electric and Alan Myles of Myles Construction.

They also thanked Raul and Rollin Gonzalez of Ready Mix Cement and Roy Faulknor of Less Plumbing and Cooling for their donation of the pre-mix and the plumbing.

Mrs. McLaughlin and her four children were on hand when the floor slab was completed. Mrs. McLaughlin said she was very grateful for the Lions stepping up to assist her. She said she will always ask for God’s blessings for the club’s activities and its members.

The children, ranging in age from five to 10, also publicly thanked the Lions and the Myles Construction workers for helping them get a house.

Mrs. Ebanks said the hands-on project allowed Lions Club of Grand Cayman members to get back to their roots. ‘For many who have joined in recent years this was truly an experience that will stay with them for a lifetime,’ Mrs. Ebanks said.