Two-day fundraiser begins for HospiceCare

Throughout Grand Cayman on Friday and Saturday, more than 225 volunteer fundraisers will be collecting money for Cayman HospiceCare.

In their distinctive green T-shirts, the fundraisers will fan out across the island at 18 locations from West Bay to Kaibo for the annual “Flag Day.”

The volunteers with their collection jars will be found at a variety of stores, restaurants and community centers, including A.L. Thompson’s in George Town and Savannah, Bayshore Mall, Cost-U-Less, all the Foster’s Food Fair IGA stores, Hurley’s, Icoa, Kirk Market, Kirk Home

Centre, Uncle Bill’s and the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The fundraising effort will go on from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.

As in previous years, Governor Helen Kilpatrick was the first donor, officially opening Flag Day.

Danielle Coleman of Cayman HospiceCare said, “All donations go towards the operational costs of Hospice. We rely on donations and fundraising activities to ensure our services remain free of costs to all persons living with a terminal end-stage illness in the Cayman Islands.”

She added that government provides HospiceCare with a $50,000 grant a year, “but with operational costs of $1,800 per day, events like this are crucial to continue our services.”

Hospice provides free end-of-life care and works closely with patients’ families to provide support. Among the services it provides are a clinical volunteer program, a lunch club, music therapy, animal therapy, art therapy, counseling, yoga, therapeutic massage, reiki, acupuncture and a bereavement program.