The cousin of the late David Ebanks, who was shot dead in West Bay early last year, has donated a car to the apprenticeship program he was involved in.
Eziethamae “Zeta” Bodden gave her car to Superior Autos on Sherwood Drive, George Town, this week in memory of her 20-year-old cousin who died on Jan. 23, 2015.
Ms. Bodden donated her Chevy Equinox after learning what the company had been doing to help young people with its youth mechanic apprenticeship training program.
Instead of selling the car, she said, she donated it in the hope that the mechanic school would benefit from it in her cousin’s honor. “My nephew Leandru Ebanks and my cousin Lee Powery have both completed and benefited from the course, and I am very proud of them,” said Ms. Bodden.
As well as taking part in the Superior Auto training program, Mr. Ebanks had also participated in the government’s Passport2Success training program.
Upon hearing about the donation, Superior Auto initially intended to drive the vehicle to the students’ workshop. However, as the vehicle’s insurance was expired, Theodore Kelly of 24/7 Towing and Road Side Assistance presented Ms. Bodden with a special rate to collect the car at her home and deliver it to Superior Auto.
During a tour of the car facility, Ms. Bodden gave a motivational talk to the group of young men currently in the program.
“I believe in helping the youth of these islands in any way possible,” she said, “and hope that many more young people will benefit from this program.”
Superior Auto’s training program was established in September 2010. It offers learning and training opportunities to car enthusiasts and aspiring mechanics. The program is free to young Caymanians.