The Lions Club of Grand Cayman’s tradition of throwing a birthday party every July for the elderly residents of The Pines Retirement Home had to be revamped somewhat this year in light of COVID-19 restrictions.
Visitations to the retirement home are limited to immediate family members only, but the club still celebrated the birthdays of two residents and four staff at an outdoor event on 18 July.
“Despite our members being unable to enter the premises to entertain our seniors, the LCGC continues this tradition in July 2020. We met our dear nurses and home administrators and prepared a special event for the residents,” Lions second vice president Mike Havelin said in a press release.
He said the club members who attended the celebration prayed for the staff and also asked that they think of the Lions singing happy birthday to the people celebrating birthdays. Members handed over party cake, gifts, favours, food and drink for the residents and nurses.
“Once restrictions on care homes have eased, we have promised to go back, bringing with us our talented Lion Winston Hayle, together with many more Lions and supporters later in the summer for a sing-a-long and meet-and-greet,” Havelin added.
At the gift handover were Havelin, club president Carmin Godfrey, first vice president Eric Anderson, and Lions John E Ebanks and Heidi Anderson, along with Margaret Lue, the Pines day-care coordinator.