The Cayman Islands Pink Ladies group has donated $15,000 to help speed things along with the Pines Retirement Home’s plan to move into its new building in April.
“They are nearly there,” said Nancy Whitefield, one of the event’s organisers, said during a Pink Ladies Tea and walk-through of the new Pines building recently.
“The aim is to be in the new building at the end of April,” she told guests joining them for the 2012 donation presentations and tour of the new retirement facility.
During the walk-through, Olive Miller, one of the Pink Ladies’ founding members, said she was impressed with the work being carried out in the building and the modern facilities being installed. She said she was impressed with the sit-in bath, the nurses’ station and increased registered nurses’ stations, an activity room and offices.
“A lot of effort has been put into completing the building, but I don’t see how they will be finished by the end of April,” said Ms Miller, side-stepping workmen as the group continued to tour the building.
According to Sue Nicholson, the director of the retirement facility, the kitchen will remain in the old building. While conducting the tour of the new building, she explained to the group about the client wards, the Alzheimer’s disease treatment rooms, as well as the private rooms and nurses stations.
According to Ms Nicholson, a company has volunteered its services to assist with the move from the other building when the new wing has been completed.
Donations have also been made by the Pink Ladies to the following organisations: NCVO, $5,000; Lighthouse School, $6,700 Special Olympics US$5,000; Cayman HospiceCare, US$5,000; HSA, US$10,000; Cancer Society, $4,000; Women’s Crisis Centre, $4,000; Mise en Place, $2,000 and Blue Iguana, $1,000.
Who are the Pink Ladies
It does not take much to become a member of the Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps – just a few hours of your time.
The Pink Ladies organisation was started by Oliver Miller and Evelyn Andresen, under the auspices of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations as a way to help out at the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town and the Pines Retirement Home.
Since that time its services have grown to include the Lighthouse School craft groups, the Christmas Bazaar and tea spring fashion show and fundraising for other organisations such as Cayman HospiceCare, Mise en House and Blue Iguana.
The Hibiscus Coffee shop, located at the Cayman Islands Hospital, is one of two major fundraising sources for the Pink Ladies – the other is the annual Christmas bazaar.
The main activity is running the coffee shop, which is overseen by paid employees assisted in shifts by volunteers. The cafeteria for many years has been providing hot lunches, soups and snacks to staff and patients.
Although the services first started by catering to hospital staff and patients, the general public also has been known to frequent the establishment.
The weekly trolley service, which went around the hospital selling snacks, was also a popular item. But lack of volunteers has put this on hold for the time being.
Pink Ladies Secretary June Moon said volunteers are not in the coffee shop to make a huge profit. What is import, she said, is what they can put back into the community by way of assistance.