Government volunteers help elderly resident

| 03/08/2018
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(L-R) Police Auxiliary Constable Marvin Hinds, Police Sergeant Kevin Bogle, Ryan Rajkumarsingh and Charmane Dalhouse of DCI, PC Byron Morgan and PC Christopher Donaldson all pitched in

(CNS Local Life): The Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI), with the help of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the Department of Children and Family Services, have completed a host of repairs on the George Town home of an elderly woman who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Though Sarah Williams, 92, has a caretaker, her home was in dire need of repairs. Work began on Saturday, 7 July, and concluded the following week, when all the areas of concern were resolved, stated a DCI press release.

With DCI staff members overseeing the project, the team visited Williams’ home to identify areas of need. The tasks included replacing windows, plastering, pruning trees, painting inside and out, putting in curtain rods and curtains, gravelling the yard to lessen the water when it rains, and installing a wheelchair ramp.

This latest effort is part of a commitment to community service that DCI made in 2017.

In the first year of the programme, the department worked with both the Cayman Islands Red Cross and Meals on Wheels in various voluntary capacities. This year, DCI has continued to help Meals on Wheels with deliveries and raising funds.

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Minister Joey Hew (left) and other volunteers prepare to fill a wheelbarrow with gravel for the yard

“We are so grateful to have had this opportunity to make such a positive impact for Ms. Sarah,” said DCI Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh. “This was truly a community coming together to make the life of a fellow citizen better. We want to express our thanks to the companies and individuals who donated to this cause or rolled up their sleeves to get the work done.”

Minister for Commerce Joey Hew, who also volunteered in the effort, added, “I commend DCI for what they’ve done for Mrs. Williams. Government’s role is to make the lives of Caymanians and Cayman’s residents better through the service we provide.

“The staff of DCI has taken that spirit to new heights. I hope other government departments and entities are inspired to do the same and work toward building up a strong community.”

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