If you are a father, a husband or a son – the idea of a Women’s Crisis Center may not be at the forefront of your mind.
But, for Michael Ryan, owner and developer of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Resort, the Cayman Islands Crisis Center struck a chord, and he knew that this was the cause he would personally support for as long as he can, said a press release.
The most recent offering he has given is in recognition of his family’s desire to continue its support of the Crisis Center. Mr. Ryan presented Ms. Anne Hodge, Director of the Crisis Center with five care packages which have sheets, towels, laundry detergent and a gift certificate for groceries – all carefully packaged in a laundry basket so that even the wrapping is useful.
‘Being the father of three daughters, the incredible works of the Crisis Center easily caught my attention and once I became aware of the critical need in the community for the services that it provides I knew I could not just walk away,’ said Mr. Ryan.
‘That was five years ago, and today I am still focused on doing what I can for women whose situations are not what they should be.’
The Crisis Center provides a life saving service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year and as such it is always in need of supplies and amenities which can help its clients get back on their feet. A ‘Linen Drive’ held for the Crisis Center focused on increasing its supplies of bed linens and towels – and when this most recent need for the Crisis Center came to the attention of Mr. Ryan he wanted, again, to do his part in supporting the organisation.
‘In the past we have been a part of much bigger fund-raisers for the Crisis Center,’ he said. ‘Since 2002 the Cayman Classic Tennis Event has supported the Crisis Center and most recently the 2007 Cayman Classic and Chris Isaak concert saw US$77,000.00 raised. Certainly cash donations are critical to the Crisis Center’s ability to continue its work, but this Linen Drive is a great reminder that everyone can assist in some way – and as we give sheets, towels, gift certificates and much more, we must take the time to remember that women in crisis in the Caribbean have only recently started to receive the care and attention of our communities that they deserve.
‘Women in all walks of life can be affected by strained relationships, and the Crisis Center and its incredible good works reminds us all that every man has a duty to treat women with the respect they deserve and to live up to their responsibilities.’
Having spent the last year travelling with his family, Mr. Ryan has had quality time with his wife and three daughters and has been able to really focus on teaching them not only classroom skills, but also day-to-day living skills such as nurturing your independence; developing a sense of self reliance and being courageous enough to know when you have to ask for assistance. ‘My family’s association with the Crisis Center allows my wife and I to focus on these messages of independence and self reliance, and the importance of developing an inner strength which helps you know when to ask for help.
‘Travelling around the world this year has exposed my daughters to the roles of women in many different cultures – they have learned a great deal and I am fortunate to have been able to share this learning experience with them.’