In 2012, law firm Walkers has again supported several local charities with a particular focus on arts and educational opportunities for children and conservation programmes. In Cayman, this support takes place both through substantial donations by the Walkers Charitable Foundation and the firm’s annual “Charity Day”, which was established in 2009.
Each summer, Walkers invites representatives of local charities seeking sponsorship to participate in “Walkers Charity Day” by making a presentation to the firm’s charity committee, which is comprised of a cross-section of staff and partners.
In 2012, the Walkers Charity Committee allocated more than US$60,000 to various local causes. Among the charities and organisations receiving funds from Walkers in 2012 were: The Cayman Islands Cancer Society, Cayman Arts Festival, Cayman Bullying Project, Cayman Heart Fund, Cayman Islands Humane Society, Cayman National Dance Co., Cayman’s ARK, Central Caribbean Marine Institute, Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, Creative Music Project, Feed our Future, George Town Primary School, Rotoract Club Grand Cayman, Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands, The Blue Iguana Recovery Fund, the Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation and East End United Football Club.
Commenting on behalf of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, chairwoman Betty Ann Duty said: “Please accept our gratitude to the firm and the Charity Committee for this very generous donation. It is through such corporate citizenship of which Walkers is a fine example, that the Cancer Society is able to fulfil its mission.”
“The Walkers Charity Day has proven to be an excellent method of ensuring that we can support a broad range of good causes and we have been delighted with the response from the local community to this initiative,” said Andrew Miller, partner and member of Walkers’ Charity Committee. “The Walkers Charity Committee is pleased to support these worthy causes as part of its remit to support youth, health and the environment in the Cayman Islands.”
Financial support is also made each year by the Walkers Charitable Foundation, which was established in March 2004 to receive and consolidate charitable donations arising out of client transactions to benefit worthy causes. In 2012, the focus of the Walkers Charitable Foundation was directed toward arts and educational programmes and the restoration of historical sites in Cayman.
A donation of $50,000 was made to the National Trust of the Cayman Islands for the restoration of Fort George in downtown George Town. In keeping with the theme of preserving Cayman’s heritage, the Foundation also donated CI$10,000 to the Cayman Islands National Museum, which will fund operating costs to assist with ongoing conservation projects.
“We were delighted to assist with the badly needed funds for the National Museum this year and we are also very excited about the forthcoming restoration of Fort George, which will help preserve the heritage site for future generations,” Mr. Miller said.
“On behalf of the Cayman Islands National Museum Board, Management and Staff I would like to thank the Walkers Charity Day Committee for the donation which will assist the museum in the care, conservation and maintenance of the National Collection. As a permanent institution established to collect, care for, conserve, research, interpret and display objects of historical, cultural, environmental and artistic value, we face challenges, especially in hard economic times, and so are exceedingly grateful for Walkers’ generosity in assisting us to meet our mandate,” said Peggy Leshikar-Denton, director at the Cayman Islands National Museum.
Walkers has also been a supporter of the National Gallery’s educational programmes, working with them on a variety of projects, in particular the Walkers Art Club and Art @Governors. In 2012 the Walkers Charitable Foundation donated almost CI$30,000 to fund the National Gallery Art Programme for weekly after school classes for children from various schools and backgrounds on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Also benefitting from Walkers Charitable Foundation in 2012 were the Caring for Life Foundation, which received CI$10,000 to assist the organisation’s efforts to ensure continually improving healthcare for all Cayman residents through equipment, research and education.
The Walkers Charity Day is held each summer at the firm’s offices in Cayman. For further information about making a proposal to the Walkers Charity Committee for 2013 please contact [email protected]