Focus on Lighthouse play area

An ongoing partnership between
Rotary Central and Build Cayman is building on its success as the Cayman
Islands Lighthouse School gets closer to benefiting from a community project.

Last week club president and
Community Service Director Naude Dreyer presented a check for Wil Pineau
CI$25,000 to the Lighthouse School for the purchase of special needs equipment,
described by all as huge boost for the project.

The Lighthouse School provides
children with special needs a safe and caring environment to learn and achieve
their full potential, according to its staff. 
Russel Linford, the general manager of Build Cayman Ltd, wanted to
ensure that the children have a proper playground, designed specifically for
their unique needs. He has been working diligently to raise the funds to make
it happen.

He secured a large portion of the
money from the popular Cardboard Boat Race, an annual event on Cayman’s Pirates
Week Festival calendar.

The project got another big lift
when it came to the attention of Rotary Central in 2009, as the club pledged
its support as part of its continued involvement in community projects. Their
efforts focus on people with special needs, an initiative that started  in 2009 and has continued this year.

“This was certainly one of the most
significant projects for our club last year and we remain committed to seeing
it through to its completion,” said Rotary Central’s Immediate Past President
Paul Byles.

Mr. Pineau said that the project
would not have been possible without the hard work of Mr. Linford, of Build
Cayman.

“Mr. Linford saw the need and
immediately stepped up and dedicated a lot of his time towards this project. We
are proud to be working with him on such a much needed community project”, said
Mr. Pineau.

Once the initial design and
planning approval had been finalized, work on the first phase of the project
began. Rotary members have assisted Mr. Linford and his team with the first
phase of the building project by providing manpower and heavy equipment required
for the initial site preparation and the erection of the concrete posts that
will hold the canopy roof.

The groundwork was completed by
late January, and Rotary has assisted again with erecting the canopy that
consists of metal frames and canvass covers. The first phase of the project was
completed last month with the installation of a large area covered with an
artificial turf.

The second phase of the project
will continue later this year and will involve special needs equipment designed
for children in their wheelchairs on the artificial turf.

Anyone wishing to make a donation
to the playground project is asked to contact Naude Dreyer, director of
community service at the Rotary Central Club at 925 6422.

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