Public sector steps up to help Nepal

| 29/05/2015
Cayman News Service

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson presents donation to CIRC director Jondo Obi, flanked by Nepali citizens Durga Limbu (L) and Puspa Rumba

(CNS): The public-service sector has joined local fundraising efforts in aid of Nepal, with Deputy Governor Franz Manderson recently presenting a cheque for CI$4,690 to Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC) Director Jondo Obi, representing donations from civil servants, staff of statutory authorities and government companies, and members of the Legislative Assembly.

Two major earthquakes in Nepal this year have left more than 8,600 dead and about 22,000 injured, with 3.5 million in need of food assistance. An estimated 750,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Government Administration Building security guard Durga Limbu and Puspa Rumba, who attended the presentation, thanked the civil service on behalf of the Nepali community in the Cayman Islands.

Noting that the Red Cross had designated May as Nepal Earthquake Appeal month, Obi said, “The community has answered our call and is still going strong. To date we have collected nearly CI$19,000. In addition to public servants, other significant donations have come from Icoa Restaurant, Cayman Prep & High School, and PKF. CIRC also donated 50% of raffle ticket sales from our annual fundraising gala to the Nepal appeal.”

She added that there will be more opportunities to support the cause. Foster’s Food Fair will be selling T-shirts and stickers, and taking donations, on Saturday, 30 May. Then on 6 June, chefs from The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; the Westin Grand Cayman; the Cayman Culinary Society and other local restaurants will host “Cayman 4 Nepal” where attendees will be able to enjoy food stations, and wine or beer, with the purchase of tickets.

For more information, email the Red Cross or call 323-2874. Donations can also be made directly to ‘Red Cross Nepal Earthquake’,  Butterfield Bank account #13603505400-60

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