Financial industry benefits children’s ward

Cayman’s financial industry has come together to help treat infants with jaundice in the Cayman Islands.

Representatives of the industry donated $13,608 to buy a Bili-Bassinet, other equipment and toys for the Paediatric Ward at George Town Hospital.

The special bassinet uses phototherapy to treat infants for jaundice.

The donations form part of an initiative begun by Smile Africa, a Cayman based project launched to raise funds for Facing Africa, which is a UK charity dedicated to helping children in Africa who suffer from a devastating flesh eating disease called Noma.

Jane Wareham, who coordinates donations for Facing Africa, said, ‘This is the first of what will be many significant events organised by Stuarts Attorneys, Krys & Associates, dms Management Ltd., RBC Wealth Management and Tower Marketing over the coming months. It is a great example of the way in which local organizations can show the importance of corporate social responsibility. Our fund raising is producing tangible results.’ Ms. Wareham added, ‘I would like to express enormous gratitude to all the companies that continue to give their time and money in what are difficult economic circumstances. Now is the time to show the public that the corporate financial services industry in the Cayman Islands adheres to an ethical standard that supports the concept of social contribution with particular emphasis on the improvement of health care for children both locally and in other places of extreme need.’

Lizette Yearwood, chief executive officer of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, said, ‘We are so thankful for the thoughtfulness and support of the Facing Africa team who gave of their time and effort in raising the funds to improve the quality of care for our paediatric patients. This donation reflects the level of commitment and concern within our community about health issues that affect the lives of residents and visitors to our islands, especially our little ones. The generosity of the Facing Africa team will make a life changing difference in the care of newborns with jaundice.’

A Smile Africa fundraising marathon will take place in February in Cayman. Corporate groups can enter and sponsor teams of five which will cover a distance of 10k.

Kenneth Krys, Smile Africa supporter and managing director of Cayman-based corporate recovery and Insolvency firm, Krys & Associates, will draw on his recent experience of completing the grueling Marathon Des Sables, a six-day, 151 mile endurance race across the Sahara desert in aid of Facing Africa, to help organise the marathon.

Additional fundraising events are planned that will incorporate a financial forum introducing international speakers and the continued promotion of the financial services industry beginning 14 January with the 2010 International Funds Conference, to be hosted by local law firm, Stuarts Attorneys in affiliation with Krys & Associates.

Earlier this year, seven-year-old Tiggi Kohl, raised over$2,000 for Smile Africa through a fundraising effort at Cayman Prep School by garnering support from her fellow students, encouraging them to donate their toys.

Gillian Barlow, nurse manager for the Paediatric Ward, said: ‘It is vitally important to us that we create a warm and child-friendly environment for our young patients. We rely heavily on donations to provide toys for our children so we are very grateful to everyone involved with Smile Africa for making this great contribution to us.’

Smile Africa is actively seeking corporate support and welcomes enquiries from local organizations about how they can help or take part in upcoming events such as the marathon. Enquiries can be directed to Jane Wareham at [email protected].