The Cayman Islands Scouts Association got a big push toward the completion of its new headquarters on Tuesday when HSBC donated US$120,000.
Directors of the HSBC Cayman Charitable Foundation, Jonathan Cooper, Christopher Saunders and Patricia DaCosta presented the donation to Governor Helen Kilpatrick, who is Chief Scout of the Cayman Islands Scouts Association, Scouts Commissioner Orrett Connor, Executive Commissioner Winston Hayle, and the scouts, in front of the site of the new headquarters.
“This donation from HSBC will certainly take us much closer to the completion of the building,” said Mr. Connor. “There was a lull in construction work because we had depleted all the funds, so the donation will allow us to restart the process.”
The new headquarters at 34 Middle Road in George Town is scheduled for completion in March. The scouts hope to take up occupancy the same month.
Mr. Saunders said, “We believe that the Cayman Islands Scouts Association has played and continues to play a role in developing and enhancing the Caymanian community through their service to the Cayman Islands for almost a century – making them one of the oldest service organizations in the Cayman Islands.
“The HSBC Charitable Foundation wishes them success in this new endeavor and welcomed the opportunity to give back to the Cayman Islands community via this donation.” Mr. Connor said the association had hoped to open the new headquarters during Scouts Week, the first week of February, but added, “We probably will not reach that schedule, so we are considering rescheduling Scouts Week to coincide with the opening.”
So far, Mr. Connor said, the main structure has been completed, but it still needs a considerable amount of interior work and requires furnishings. Mr. Hayle said the interior work includes tiling, air-conditioning and plumbing, electrical work, ceiling painting, and installation of cupboards and cabinets.
“We are not necessarily looking for new furniture,” Mr. Connor said. “Any donation of furniture that organizations, businesses or companies are willing to give, that is suitable for us, we are willing to accept.”
Since the building is centrally located, Mr. Connor said, the Scouts Association wants it to serve the community in any way it can.
After the check presentation, the group was taken on a tour of the building by Mr. Connor and the scouts.
The building, which cost slightly more than $8500,000 to erect, replaces the old government structure, which was damaged during Hurricane Ivan.
The building will also be home for the Girl Guides and the Girls Brigade and will include office space, a general assembly hall, a computer room, scout shop, meeting and training rooms, and a place for Rotary’s literature program “if they so desire,” said Mr. Connor.
Government has leased the property to the Cayman Islands Scouts Association at a peppercorn rate for 33 years, with the option to renew twice more for a total of 99 years.