Women’s group seeks donations for shelter

A new organization, Women In Cayman, is teaming up with the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre to launch a donation day.  

Volunteers will collect donations from the public on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Mini Warehouse II, Unit #226 in Industrial Park in George Town district. 

“We are proud and delighted to be involved in such a great initiative with the Crisis Centre that will aid others in the community,” said the founder of Women in Cayman, Monica Walton. “WIC is dedicated to empowering and inspiring confidence in women in particular. We hope people come out to donate and give back to those in need.”  

New to the community, Women in Cayman is run by a group of women who offer their volunteer services to various organizations and events. The group was inspired through social media and has gained the support of charities and organizations, including the women’s prison at Fairbanks, the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman, and the National Council of Voluntary Organizations.  

The purpose of this year’s donation day is to raise money to aid the women and children who live at the Crisis Centre and to raise awareness of domestic violence in the Cayman Islands.  

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre has been assiting women and children who are victims or potential victims of violence since 2003. Renovated in 2012, the Crisis Centre has capacity for 18 women and their children. The shelter is in a private location and offers 24-hour security. 

“This drive will make such a difference to the women and children at the shelter,” said Crisis Centre director Ania Milanowska-Sedgley, “The community has been very supportive with the in-kind donations, and although they are incredibly important to us, because of the confidential location of the CICC, we were unable to invite the donors to drop off the gifts at the centre.” 

She added, “We are pleased to be working alongside Women in Cayman and we’re grateful to have so many volunteers committed to supporting other women. The WIC initiative will ensure more convenient process of making donations to the CICC.”  

Items needed 

Women and children at the Crisis Centre are in need of various items. For children: night clothing for infants and toddlers, disposable diapers, diaper rash creams, diaper wipes, baby toiletries, baby cribs and sheets, children’s educational books and games.  

For women: clothing and shoes, night clothing, undergarments, toiletries, combs, brushes and hair dryers and feminine hygiene products. 

Donations of household products are also welcome, as well as pillows, pillowcases, twin mattress covers, twin sheets sets, towels, curtains (size: 51 x 74 inches), kitchen appliances and cleaning products.  

All surplus items will be donated to the Red Cross.  

For more information, email Ms Walton at [email protected] or call 326-4039. 

Women-Volunteers

Monica Walton, founder of Women in Cayman, right, and Ania Milanowska-Sedgley, director of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre