Pink Ladies give $20,000 to charities

The Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps handed out donations to local charities recently after raising money at their popular annual bazaar last year. 

Governor Helen Kilpatrick, patron of the volunteer corps, hosted the group’s annual meeting and handed over the donation checks to the recipients. 

Checks of $5,000 each were presented to The Pines Retirement Home, the Health Services Authority/Caring for Life Foundation, the Special Olympics, and Lighthouse School.  

A donation of $500 was also made for the continued support of the Blue Iguana named “Lady Pink” at the captive breeding program at the National Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. 

In addition, the Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps earlier made a $5,000 donation to the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, which was pledged prior to the NCVO’s annual telethon in October last year. 

The governor also assisted with presentations to members of the volunteer corps, who were recognized for their hard work and dedication over the years.  

The Pink Lady of the Year award was presented to Nancy Gammerdinger for her work at the annual bazaar, her individual fundraising activities and her support work in doing the laundry each week for the coffee shop at the Cayman Islands Hospital. The coffee shop is run by the Pink Ladies. 

Three members who had stepped down from the volunteer corps’ executive committee this year, Pamela Webster, (director), Barbara O’Donnell (treasurer) and Janice Wilson (NCVO) were thanked and given gifts for their service.  

A thank-you gift was also presented to the group’s past director Nancy Whitefield, who worked for a number of years as coordinator of the coffee shop and had recently handed over the main role.  

Governor Helen Kilpatrick presents a $5,000 check to Olga Gourzong and Lewin Solomon of Lighthouse School, on behalf of the Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps.