Every year, volunteers take to the streets to raise money for Jasmine (formerly Cayman HospiceCare).
Expect to see the familiar blue shirts at popular retail stores this Friday and Saturday as once again, Jasmine celebrates Flag Day.
This year is particularly special, as it is the 20th year of Flag Day in the Cayman Islands. What began as a small movement with flags being handed out to those who donated, has expanded to include 300 volunteers from the public and private sector with their collection cans in hand.
From Countryside in Savannah to Foster’s Republix in West Bay, there will be people stationed at all the supermarkets, many of the banks and some of the large home stores like A. L. Thompson’s and Cost-U-Less.
Companies are getting in on the action by allowing their staff a dress-down day in exchange for a donation. “Last year, we raised in excess of $60,000, which was almost evenly split between what was collected by volunteers and other donations,” said Kerrie McMillan, fundraising and events coordinator for Jasmine.
Leading up to Flag Day, representatives from Jasmine visit the schools, including those in Cayman Brac, as the event isn’t just about raising money – it is also about raising awareness.
Support from the community is what has made Flag Day such a success over the years. From those who go out to collect funds to the Butterfield Bank cashiers who count the collected coins in their spare time, everyone comes together to show Jasmine the love.
Jasmine is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing professional, dignified and compassionate care, free of charge, to anyone in the Cayman Islands living with debilitating long-term or end-stage conditions.
A staff of nine, a board of directors and numerous volunteers all actively participate in Jasmine’s operations and administration. Jasmine relies entirely on donations from the Cayman community.
Jasmine is located on West Bay Road, opposite Comfort Suites. Visit www.jasmine.ky or call 945-7447 for more information.