Programme benefits Crisis Centre

The Inner Wheel Club has initiated a Donations Programme to benefit the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Inner Wheel Club Directors

Inner Wheel Club Directors, from left, Lovenia Ebanks, Jill Wood, Flick Brooks, Anne Hodge (Executive Director of the CICC), Ilene Phipps and Merja Johnson. Photo: Submitted

To launch the programme, members donated a wide array of gifts for shelter residents rather than exchanging gifts among themselves.

According to Anne Hodge, executive director of the CICC, their two realities are that the women and children who are leaving the shelter are in great need of household goods and clothing and there are many in the community that wish to make donations of new and gently used goods. The problem in the past has been providing storage space.

The Inner Wheel Donation Programme will bring these two realities together by providing both warehouse space and also co-ordinating a pick up/drop off service for donated items.

Programme co-ordinator Flick Brooks noted that until they are able to secure a larger warehouse they cannot yet accommodate furniture, but donations of towels, linens, curtains, kitchen utensils, dishes, pots and pans, bathroom accessories and clothing for women and children from newborn to age 18 are appreciated.

Ilene Phipps, president of Inner Wheel, also stressed that the need is a year-round one and not just for the holiday season. Donations of cash, gift certificates, and non-perishable food items are also very much welcomed at any time.

WHO THEY ARE

The Cayman Islands Inner Wheel Club was founded and chartered in 1972. It is the second oldest service club in the Cayman Islands, second only to the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, with which it is associated. The first Inner Wheel meeting was held in Manchester, England in 1924, and the organisation went international in 1967, just four years before the Cayman charter.

Although membership initially was comprised of wives of Rotarians, membership is now extended to mothers, sisters, daughters, daughters-in-law and female partners of present or past Rotarians. The objects of Inner Wheel are to promote true friendship, to encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding.

Inner Wheel is now one of the largest worldwide organisations for women with over 100,000 members in 101 countries. In Cayman, members are involved in a variety of projects, most notably the Crisis Centre, which is a great example of women helping women. The group meets monthly at varying sites, alternating luncheon and evening meetings.

FYI

Donations of towels, linens, curtains, kitchen utensils, dishes, pots and pans, bathroom accessories and clothing for women and children from newborn to age 18 are appreciated. For more information, contact co-ordinator Flick Brooks at 938-4146.

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