The Business and Professional Women’s Association of Grand Cayman once again rallied their networks to come together to support Cayman’s community members in need.
With the generosity and support of Moore Cayman, Deloitte Cayman, Greenlight RE, KPMG Cayman and Maples Group, BPW was able to provide over 100 uniforms to students identified by both the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Cayman (BBBS).
“2020 has been trying for all of us and the community’s need for support is significant. Many families are struggling to put food on the table so to cover the cost of school uniforms is our small way of trying to help alleviate some of that stress. There were more children on our list than any other year we’ve executed this initiative,” shares Candice Czeremuszkin, Partner at Moore Cayman, and this year’s BPW Back2School program committee Chair.
Lists were received from both DCFS and BBBS. The BPW program committee then went to work sourcing the correct sizes, styles, academy/houses and pieces for each student. Between jackets, pants, shirts, skirts and masks, over 350 pieces of clothing were distributed.
“After multiple trips to Becky’s, the Uniform Store and even out to Clifton Hunter, we certainly have a new found appreciation for the efforts parents – specially those with multiple children at different schools – have to go through to get their children’s uniforms in order” offers Alexandra Simonova, Director at Deloitte Cayman, and program committee member.
Mahreen Nabi, who is both a Big Sister with BBBS and committee member with BPW, highlights the importance of the program: “I’ve seen the pride my little sister feels when putting on a piece of clothing that is not only new, but also fits just right. We can all relate! We know that when students feel their best, they will perform their best and so BPW is happy to support ensuring that every child has a good start to the new school year”.
Rayle Roberts, Deputy Director of Child and Family Services adds, “A sincere thanks to BPW and the Back2School program committee, who continue to champion partnerships to support our children and families in the Cayman community.”
Uniforms were donated to students at:
• George Town Primary
• Clifton Hunter High School
• Bodden Town Primary
• Grace Christian Academy
• East End Primary
• John Grey High School
• Sir John A Cumber
• Lighthouse School
• Prospect Primary
• Red Bay Primary
About BPW Cayman
BPW Cayman is a non-partisan charter group of BPW International - a United Nations recognised civil society organisation that is founded in the belief that each woman, as a citizen, must bring to the national policy of her own country, the contribution of forward-looking and constructive thought followed by determined action.
It began in 1930 with Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips. She was a visionary and sought to unite women all over the world to fight for gender equality and women's empowerment. She laid the foundation of our organization on a basis of equality with NO discrimination whatsoever regarding religion, language, color, culture, nationality, race and ethnicity. BPW Grand Cayman continues to champion the same principles today.