Gift of giving

At this year’s Chamber of Commerce Business and Technology Expo, SteppingStones Recruitment, Training and Development Ltd. decided to offer a raffle prize with a difference.

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Expo prize winner: Ciara Neill of SteppingStones presents the prize cheque to winner Clenia Hermogino and Jondo Obi, director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross. Photo: Submitted

Instead of winning cash or other prizes for themselves, one lucky winner received $2,000 to donate to a registered Cayman Islands charity of their choice.

Milly Serpell, managing director of SteppingStones, was pleasantly surprised with the reaction from visitors. ‘Lots of people commented on what a good idea they thought it was to win the chance to give back to the local community and many people knew straight away which charity they would like to support,’ she said.

Over the two-day Expo Ms Serpell estimates that hundreds of visitors stopped by the SteppingStones booth to enter the raffle.

The lucky winner was Clenia Hermogino, head of accounts at Cayman Net News. After careful consideration, Ms Hermogino chose the Cayman Islands Red Cross as her beneficiary of choice.

‘I thought about all the work that the Red Cross does to help people in Cayman and other countries when natural disasters strike, like the recent hurricanes,’ she explained. ‘I think they are a very worthwhile cause.’

Jondo Obi, director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross, was equally delighted to hear of the prize. ‘I was very pleased when I received a call from SteppingStones telling me about their prize draw and that the winner had nominated the Red Cross,’ she said.

‘We always appreciate any and all donations to the Red Cross. We have so much work to do in our community and we rely on charitable donations to enable us to maintain our efforts.’

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