Dressing up for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Group suggests wearing purple to raise awareness

Throughout this month, Big Brothers Big Sisters is asking organizations, schools and individuals to support its campaign to raise awareness and funds to help youngsters in Cayman reach their full potential.

Pilar Bush, Big Brothers Big Sisters chair, urged people to get involved.

Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs mentors with children and young adults “in a bid to guide, inspire and motivate young people as they develop, helping them choose a positive life path,” she said.

“Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported relationships that change their lives forever. Through one-on-one interactions and group activities, matched mentors spend quality time each week with matched children.“

The organization is appealing to everyone to donate a little of their time or money during the “Dress for BBBS Month.”
“It would be great if people can get together and choose a specific day when they can pledge fundraising, perhaps within their school, office, community group or even as an individual, in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters,” she said.

The group is suggesting that people wear purple as a symbol of their support or have a casual dress or jeans day in corporate offices.

“Employees could donate a small sum such as CI$5 to dress down or wear purple for the day and students could pay CI$2 to wear purple,” she said, in a statement about the appeal. “In addition, we encourage employers to match employees’ contributions, dollar for dollar. We also would welcome corporate donations and encourage everyone to play their part in helping Cayman’s youth have access to caring mentors (our Bigs) who help children and young people (our Littles) achieve their fullest potential.”

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Cayman Islands. According to the organization, hundreds of young people have been helped and dozens continue to be helped onto a positive path in life, “thanks to the dedication of the volunteers who choose to be mentors.”

“Inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life,” Ms. Bush said. “BBBS provides children facing adversity with caring, committed mentors who invest dedicated time each week in that child. Over the years, we have seen time and time again how BBBS mentors have helped young people to have higher aspirations, develop more confidence, avoid risky behaviors and achieve greater educational success. It’s very important that we continue the momentum to ensure that BBBS is able to continue the great work.”