Flowers gives $20K

Flowers Group Ltd. recently donated more than CI$20,000 to a local charity.


From left, William McFarland of CIASA, Flowers Group Director Dara Flowers, Flowers Sea Swim Founder Frank Flowers, BBBS Executive Director Clifton Gayle and BBBS Board member Shawn Wilcox with the $20,000 cheque. Photo: Matthew Yates

The Cayman branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters was the recipient of the donation.

Flowers donated the money as part of its yearly initiative, in conjunction with the Flowers Sea Swim, to assist a local charity. Last year, funds were given to promote a driver’s education programme in Cayman.

The money donated represents proceeds from this year’s Sea Swim.

The 2008 version of the swim had more than 640 swimmers participate, with more than 20 sponsors signing on for the race.

Dara Flowers, Director of Flowers Group, said the company chose the charity because of its dedication to children.

‘We felt Big Brothers Big Sisters was an extremely worthy cause. So many young children are in need in of mentors. The youth need more guidance and they are our future.

‘We found this to be such an inspiring cause and we felt that the sea swim could help raise the profile of this organisation as well as contribute some much needed funds.’

Flowers emphasised that the event was made possible by many people.

‘This year was the biggest event in the history of the swim. We could not have pulled off this event without the over 100 volunteers and the many sponsors we had onboard.

‘We’d like to say a big thank you to those people, the swimmers and especially the swim association for making the event a success.’

For Clifton Gayle, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the funds will set off a bevy of new initiatives.

‘It’s the largest donation we have ever accepted. The result is people will see the programme grow more than expected.’

Among the new endeavours Gayle sees on the horizon is extending the programme to Cayman Brac, implementing it into local schools such as Bodden Town primary and instituting another mentoring programme geared for older teens (dubbed career shadow mentoring).

Gayle said there are also plans to improve the administrative aspect of the organisation. In September there will be a large Big Brothers Big Sisters training session open to anyone who wants to join.

Frank Flowers, founder of Flowers Group and the sea swim, hopes the public will continue its support next year.

‘I would just like to say a big thank you to the community for their support. Next year, the Flowers Sea Swim will be bigger and even better.’