Dress-down day provides shoes for children

‘Outpouring of support’ seen from public and private sector

KPMG staff were decked out in orange on Friday for a dress down day to raise funds for Rotaract Blue’s ‘Put Your Best Foot Forward’.

Rotaract Blue’s fifth ‘Put Your Best Food Forward’ dress down fundraiser on Friday is helping to purchase school shoes for disadvantaged children in the Cayman Islands.

The community service club for 18‑30 year olds partnered with the Department of Children and Family Services to provide the shoes.

“The initiative normally supports 25‑30 students per year, and this year when we received the list it had more than tripled,” explained Community Service Director Ally McRae. “The dress-down day not only allows local businesses to support the community at large, but encourages and engages their employees through the process.” The colour orange was chosen to represent anti-bullying.

The organisation said in a statement that it had received an outpouring of support from the public and private sector, as well as individuals, including participation and contributions from Governor Martyn Roper, Dart, Maples Group, Island Electronics Security & Monitoring Ltd., Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits, NCB Group, KPMG, Balboa Management, CUC, WORC, the Health Services Authority, Saxon, EY, CML and Nova Recruitment, Hurley’s Media, Stepping Stones, Property Cayman, First Caribbean Bank and Bella’s Beauty and Barber Studio.

Rotaract Blue is in the process of collecting the funds raised and will be placing the order for the shoes shortly, targeting them to arrive before September for the beginning of the school year, the organisation said in a press release. The cost of shipping and duty for the shoes will be sponsored by Dart.

The ‘Put Your Best Foot Forward’ dress-down day will be held next August for the 2020/2021 school year. Any organisation that would like to pledge advanced participation can email [email protected]