More than 70 people signed up to clean up Cayman Brac and earn some extra cash for Christmas as part of the annual Pride campaign.
Darrell Rankine and Kim Cronshaw are heading up and managing the Cayman Brac Pride project, for which 75 people took part at Sister Islands MLA Juliana O’Connor-Connolly’s office on Friday, 9 December.
The clean-up work on Cayman Brac, which will focus on roadsides and trails to the caves, started on Monday, 12 December, and will continue for two weeks, until 23 December.
“Many people were looking forward to work. We have a good team of people who want to work and are all excited to get this employment for Christmas, so that they can put food on the table,” Mr. Rankine said. “Pride is not only an opportunity, but a privilege and the community has come to look forward to it.”
Linburg Tatum, an out-of-work mason, was one of those who signed up to take part.
“Everyone is given a fair chance to work; it helps me and the community,” he said.
Another Pride worker, Evania McLaughlin, 30, said, “Pride means that I will get the chance to put food on my table and also purchase a few gifts for the Christmas.”
Ms O’Connor-Connolly said, “It is a breath of fresh air to see these people smile and while it may be dirty work, people look forward to it. Cleanliness is next to godliness. The Pride Project instils a sense of purpose to the workers.”
This is the third year the Cayman Islands government has run the Pride campaign, which hires workers to carry out clean-up work on roadside and public areas.