In the past couple of months, the Cayman Brac Lions Club has had great success with several projects in the community, serving members of all ages. Here is a synopsis of some of their achievements.
Junior high and primary school public speaking competition
The Claudette Upton Keeley Public Speaking Contest was hosted by the Lions Club in collaboration with Cayman First Insurance Company Ltd and Brac Insurance Associates Ltd. on 22 and 24 November.
The contest is one of the club’s many youth projects aimed at developing the art of speaking, writing and research among youths.
The young orators delivered speeches of the highest quality and answered the questions posed in a professional and thorough manner. First place winners, Joel Gayle (high school division) and Abijith Anu (primary school) walked away with an iPad; second and third place in the primary school division went to Cassidy Connor and Kassandra McDowell, respectively, while second and third place in the high school division went to Logan Keyser and Venkata Bata, respectively.
Next year the club hopes to incorporate the senior high school students.
Reading to children in day care
In November, the Day Care Centre on Cayman Brac observed Literacy Week. Members of the Cayman Brac Leos club accepted an invitation to read to the children as part of the week’s activities. Twelve Leos spent an hour reading various stories to the children, who enjoyed the session.
The Leos plan on conducting another reading session in the next half year.
Lions’ beg donations for holiday gift projects
Lions hit the streets with tins and Christmas gear to solicit funds to buy gifts for children and goodie baskets for the elderly on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The “begging day” joins the Lions’ annual variety concert in raising the necessary funds to support the project.
The club expressed its gratitude to the community for their generous donations.
Diabetes screening, education in Little Cayman
Because November is celebrated globally as World Diabetes Month, the Cayman Brac Lions Club revisited Little Cayman to conduct diabetes screenings. On 13 November, 10 Lions transported screening and blood sugar testing equipment; 34 residents were screened, or 25 per cent of the very small population.
Referrals to the diabetic clinic were made where appropriate. Pamphlets, fitness and diet tracking charts, healthy snacks and other educational materials were given to residents.
The club has been working alongside the Sister Islands branch of the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association in the screenings, and believes it can help to educate people about taking control of their life through engaging in a healthy lifestyle and by helping those diagnosed to take control of the disease.
Wreath laying at Remembrance Day service
“When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?” -George Canning.
The Lions Club participated in the Remembrance Day Service by laying a wreath to honour the veterans of World Wars I and II, as well as the seamen. The Cayman Islands history records the invaluable contribution of those men who sacrificed their lives for the present day freedom enjoyed and those men whose early days of toil laid the building block of the economy.
Lion President Yvette Gayle laid a wreath on the club’s behalf.