Rotaract Blue receives donation

An overwhelming donation from various companies, as well as the local community, has helped Rotaract Blue achieve its long-standing vision of bringing awareness and promoting non-discrimination for the disabled community.  

Rotaract Blue recently donated a total of $5,000 to various aftercare and learning facilities for disabled people. These included Maples House, Lighthouse School, Sunrise Adult Learning Centre, Special Olympics and Special Needs Foundation of the Cayman Islands.  

The donations came from proceeds raised during the 5th Annual Open Arms Award Ceremony held at Luca Restaurant in June. The heart-warming ceremony honoured persons who have worked hard to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs. The event also recognised individuals who have excelled despite their disabilities. 

The recipients expressed appreciation for the donations and applauded Rotaract Blue for its continued efforts in creating community awareness of different disabilities and integrating individuals with disabilities into the community.  

The club also expressed gratitude for this year’s event sponsors, Silver Sponsors; Ministry of Education, Maples and Calder. Bronze Sponsor; Dart. Table Sponsors; Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Central, Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise, Walkers.  

Other supporting companies included Luca Restaurant, Entech Research, Tukka Restaurant, AL Thompson, Book Nook, Ragazzi, Lighthouse Restaurant, George Town Crafts Ltd, Cayman Kai Condos and David Goddard Photography. 

Rotaract Blue President Jacqueline Golding-McDonald said, “We are happy to experience the positive results of our 5th Annual Open Arms Award Ceremony. The programme has been successful thus far and I am honoured that the club is able to assist such facilities. With our continued work, I am confident that the program will reach further heights so that we are able to extend support where needed.” 

The Open Arms Programme promotes non-discrimination for disabled persons. It also aims to help to integrate those living with disabilities into the community and provide support to those who care for them. One of its main goals is to enhance society’s understanding of the needs of disabled people. 

Rotaract Blue donation

Beneficiaries of Rotaract Blue’s Open Arms Programme are seen with Rotaract Blue Vice President Yvette Cacho, left, and Rotaract Blue President Jacqueline Golding-McDonald, right. They are, from left, Joy White of Maple House; Bernie Bush; Susan Edwards of Sunrise Caring Association; and Faith Gealey of Special Needs Foundation of the Cayman Islands. – Photo: Submitted

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