Leadership Cayman volunteers help out Maple House

| 04/05/2017
CNS Local LIfe

The Leadership Cayman class at Maple House

(CNS Local Life): This year’s class of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Cayman programme created a sensory garden and restored the surrounding facilities at Maple House for its annual project. The residential facility, which caters for children and young adults with special needs and disabilities, provided the class with a wish list early last month, and on Saturday, 29 April, the participants took on those tasks.

Over the course of the day, the class completed a number of different projects from the list. The volunteers cleared rubbish; erected sail shades; constructed a sensory garden on a raised bed; provided accessories for the garden such as wind chimes, bird feeders and plants; repaired and varnished a jungle gym; and repaired and restored swinging benches.

“This was an extremely reward(ing) project,” said Keith Jernigan, group project organiser. “While the mission initially appeared to be daunting, watching the entire team come together with one purpose in mind was amazing.

“The true gratification came as you started to recognise the appreciation displayed by the Maple House staff. A truly amazing feeling.”

Michael Treacy, another of the project’s organisers, said, “I was amazed at the transformation. The entire team really worked hard on a hot day to perform a great task; it really could not have worked out any better for such a deserving cause.”

According to the chamber, the six-month Leadership Cayman programme “enables participants to acquire an in-depth view of social, economic, business, and political issues; develop the necessary skills to assume leadership roles; and get involved in community projects.”

For more information on the programme, go to the Chamber of Commerce website  

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