Community commemorates do something

Church leaders, politicians and
members of the community gathered at the George Town Hospital on Thursday for
the unveiling of a granite sculpture designed to commemorate the work of the Do
Something campaign in the Cayman Islands over the past several weeks.

HSA Chief Executive Officer
Lizzette Yearwood thanked the artists who created the piece and praised the
chairman of the movement, Pastor Al Ebanks, for his enthusiasm and steadfastness
in helping to make the undertaking – which seeks to increase the spirit of volunteerism
– a reality in Cayman.

“I want to recognise Leulan Bodden
for his artistic contribution and the team from Elite Marble and Granite, who
have dedicated over $15,000 to $20,000 of man-hours and material for this monument
and publicly thank Pastor Al, who is also our former chairman for his
dedication to this facility and the people of these Islands,” Mrs. Yearwood
said.

Mrs. Yearwood added that community
leader Heather Bodden had also shown a “go-get-it” attitude and played a key
role in bringing the people together to get the stone structure done,
especially with regard to her recommendation to use Leulan Bodden, which was
crucial considering the way things unfolded.

She said Mr. Bodden had a dream,
which served as his inspiration for the piece that depicted the silhouette of a
family. The artist said his interpretation of the image he saw in his dream was
that, as in a family, when people come together, things get done.

Mr. Marvin Hurlston provided the
engraving on the statue.

Governor Duncan Taylor noted: “A
positive energy has been brought to the Island with this effort and any
negative realities the Islands have experienced are only a symptom of a greater
problem that had to be addressed…..one of community.”

Mr. Taylor said he endorsed Do
Something and its message as a way of reaping tangible benefits.

“We need to bring Caymanian values
back to the forefront and put the negative element where it belongs, at the very
bottom. Real satisfaction can only come from helping people,” he said.

In addition to the marble sculpture
the hospital received, a healing garden was also created by volunteers as a
result of Do Something. A mural for the area was provided by Artist Gordon
Solomon.  

Premier McKeeva Bush said the Do
Something philosophy had helped to remind Caymanians of the power of the
individual and the importance of national pride and community spirit.

He urged all to adopt the spirit of
volunteerism and explained that this type of community work was simply
priceless and government could not afford to pay for such good will and
transformation of hearts, minds and places.

The Premier added that it would be
good to expand on the idea of public volunteerism to help in all areas and
hinted that a volunteer fire brigade might be an ideal start, as many countries
have one.

Before the actual unveiling of the
stone structure, Miles McPherson made some brief remarks and shared his
testimony with those on hand.

Mr. McPherson spoke of his past
life and how he used cocaine during his career as professional football player.
He said after two of his friends were arrested, he became a target, at which
point he started going to church. It was at this time that Mr. McPherson said
his life was transformed and like the stone monument is a reminder, he sees
himself as a living monument to the power of God to change lives. 

The work of the Do something
campaign in the Cayman Islands is also being watched by millions around the
world via the Internet.

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Photo: Stuart Wilson
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