Students build golf cart to raise funds for charity

Posing with this year’s featured golf cart is Career Services Manager at CIFEC Heather-Ann Cahill, left, with student Bryce Thompson, student Selena McLaughlin, Saylor Sperandeo (little boy), Education Minister Tara Rivers, student Dwight Barnes and Project Manager, Tom Sperandeo.

A golf cart built by students at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre will be auctioned next month for charity.

Under project manager Tom Sperandeo’s supervision, the students took part in the annual Golf Cart Building Project last month.

Proceeds from the auction will support Feed Our Future and the Frances Bodden Children’s Home.

One of the students who participated, Dwight Barnes, said, “I like working now on my own, but found that teamwork is good too. One benefit is meeting people I never knew and getting along with them.”

Education Minister Tara Rivers, who visited students while they were working on the project in Governors Harbour, praised all involved.

“I applaud our CIFEC students and the other volunteers, organizers and sponsors for their community spirit and willingness to help those less fortunate, in such a unique and fun way,” she said.

The minister added, “I am especially happy about our students’ participation because I think this experience teaches them important values that will benefit them not only in their studies, but also in their personal and professional journeys, and they also receive the satisfaction that comes with helping others.”

Career services manager at CIFEC, Heather-Ann Cahill, said it has been a pleasure to see the students using their skills and learning new techniques to complete the tasks at hand.

“This event is an excellent demonstration of a well-known company, volunteer experts, parents and young people coming together to make a positive difference,” she said. “The support from Tom [Sperandeo] and [sponsor] Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is priceless and on behalf of Career Services, CIFEC staff and Minister Rivers, we thank them for assisting our young people.”