Nearly 50 children who are waiting to be matched with mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands programme recently spent an afternoon filled with games, crafts, tennis and treats at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
The Ritz-Carlton, which has an ongoing relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters through its Community Footprints programme, offered the Fun Day to help connect potential ‘Bigs’ with some of the ‘Littles’ who are awaiting assignment in the programme.
Children took part in tennis drills, made art from recycled products, competed in water relays and had fun with face painting, crafts and balloon animals.
They cooled off with ice cream and enjoyed hot dogs, french fries and fish sticks, all courtesy of sponsors Island Opportunities, Progressive Distributors and Island Supply.
BBBS Executive Director Marilyn Conolly is leading an intense recruitment drive to attract dedicated volunteers who are able to commit a minimum of one year to being a mentor in a professionally supported one-on-one relationship.
The work of enrolling, training and supervising volunteers is funded through generous donations from the community.
“BBBS plays a dramatic transformational role the lives of children who participate,” said Janette Goodman of The Ritz-Carlton. “We are grateful to Ms Conolly and the board for allowing us the opportunity to host these children and help BBBS in a small way to serve its mission, which is critical for these children.
For more information on volunteering time or donating funds, call BBBS at 945-6315.