Volunteers clad in bright green T-shirts will be out in force Friday and Saturday in strategic locations around the island, encouraging passersby to make a donation as part of Cayman HospiceCare’s 15th annual Flag Day fundraiser.
“We need to raise almost $800,000 each year to ensure that the services can continue,” said HospiceCare operations manager Jennifer McCarthy. “Every service Cayman HospiceCare provides comes at no cost to patients or their families.”
Governor Helen Kilpatrick, continuing a tradition started by her predecessor Duncan Taylor, posed earlier this month with HospiceCare volunteers and staff as she became the first donor to the annual fundraiser. Ms. Kilpatrick is also patron of the charity.
Ms. Kilpatrick said she is happy to help publicize the work of the charity because it is important that the public know about the vital work it does.
“Governor Taylor saw that using the annual photograph of him making the first donation was a good way to publicize the work of HospiceCare, and to help with the much-needed fundraising activity. I am happy to show my support for HospiceCare in the same way,” she told the Cayman Compass.
She added, “Most people will be touched by the work of their local hospice at some point in their lives, whether as a patient or as a relative or friend of a patient, so it is very appropriate that I support the work of our local hospice here in Cayman.”
She said she would encourage “those who can afford it to donate time, money or resources to the charities of their choice where they are able.”
She commended HospiceCare’s dedicated staff and volunteers and the excellent work they do with patients who are approaching the end of life.
“HospiceCare really does work with patients and their families at the time when they need such expert and compassionate help the most,” she said.
According to Ms. McCarthy, the Flag Day event puts volunteers face-to-face with members of the community and gives people a chance to donate small or large amounts with the knowledge that every dollar counts toward the larger goal.
“It acts as a sort of ad hoc market research,” she said, adding that the event is important to HospiceCare, not only for the much-needed funds raised over the two days, but also for its ongoing awareness campaign.