A major fundraising drive by
Walkers has raised over CI$ 70,000 for Haiti relief efforts.
On a special Dress Down Day organised
on Friday 15 January, staff donated money in return for wearing casual clothes
to the office, with $19,533.00 collected.
The Walkers Charitable Foundation also
made a donation of CI$ 50,000 to the Red Cross who have confirmed that all of
the money will go to the Red Cross in Haiti, as will all the sales made in the
Red Cross thrift shop over the next three weeks.
“The earthquake in Haiti has
caused untold devastation and claimed many thousands of lives,” said Director
of Operations at Walkers Wendy Yeomans.
“There are an estimated three
million people in need of emergency aid in a region which has still not
recovered from the deadly hurricanes of 2008. The response from our staff has
been really incredible and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their generosity
and the compassion they have shown.”
Staff in Walkers’ international
offices have also joined in the fund raising effort, with collections held in
the firm’s Jersey and London offices, raising a combined sum of over $ 1,701.
Walkers’ employees have also come up with ideas of
their own to help boost the fundraising. Tiffany Laurie, Executive Legal
Secretary in the Cayman office, organised a cup-cake sale and was able to raise
CI$ 617 which was added to the cash donations.
“Haiti is a neighbour in
desperate need of assistance,” said Trustee of the Walkers Charitable Foundation
“We are pleased to be able to
help by making these funds available to the relief effort, particularly after
our own scare with an earthquake just this week in the Cayman Islands.”