Noting that the Red Cross had designated May as Nepal Earthquakes Appeal month, Cayman Islands Red Cross Director Jondo Obi said the organization collected nearly $19,000 to date.
A recent boost came from the public service, including civil servants, staff of statutory authorities and government companies, as well as Members of the Legislative Assembly, who donated $4,690 to help Nepal recover from two recent major earthquakes, according to a government press release.
Ms. Obi said the earthquakes left some 8,600 dead, 22,000 injured and 3.5 million in need of food assistance. An estimated three-quarters of a million homes were damaged or destroyed.
In addition to public servants, other significant donations have come from Icoa Restaurant, Cayman Prep and High School, and PKF. The Red Cross also donated 50 percent of raffle ticket sales from its annual fundraising gala to the Nepal appeal, Ms. Obi said.
She added that there are still opportunities to support the cause. On June 6, chefs from The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, the Westin Grand Cayman, the Cayman Culinary Society and other local restaurants will host “Cayman 4 Nepal.” Attendees will be able to enjoy food stations, and wine or beer with a ticket purchase.
For more information, contact the Red Cross at email: [email protected] or call 323-2874. Donations can also be made directly to Butterfield Bank, ‘Red Cross Nepal Earthquake’ account. Contact Butterfield for the account number.