In an effort to continue carry out its mission of service to community the Lions Club of Grand Cayman has launched a helpline through which members of the public in need of assistance can directly contact the club.
The helpline, the first of its kind for local service clubs, was launched to coincide with the Lions Club of Grand Cayman’s 48th charter anniversary.
The helpline, 345-547-9559 in partnership with a donation from Digicel, will give the community an opportunity to have direct contact with the Club.
Club President Carmin Godfrey, commenting on the helpline said, “the time is right to launch this help line as we know COVID-19 has affected many in the community that were fine before but are now struggling day to day.”
She said, as a club it is difficult to know everyone’s situation.
“But with the helpline it opens a way for those in need to have a way to reach the club easily. Of course it’s not automatic assistance, we will still have to do our checks beforehand if individuals qualify and establish how much assistance the club can give the individual as we would like to be able to assist many people in need and not just a couple,” she added.
The Club has been an integral part of the community over the last 48 years and has complete numerous service projects, including providing food support through its pantry initiative that is supported by donations from Kirk’s Market and vision assistance through its sight programmes and the Lions Eye Clinic.
It also assists men with PSA testing for Prostate and Colon Cancer through its Prostate and Colon Cancer Event committee. The Club has a proud tradition of assisting needy residents who may require help for minor home renovations or modifications for wheelchair ramps etc. It has also build houses in the past for those in need.
Marketing and Communications Chair Reshma Ragoonath, who spearheaded the project, said with Cayman’s borders slowing reopening the Club is aware of residents who may need that additional support.
“The helpline gives us an opportunity to carry out our mandate of service and build on the linkages we have established with the community,” she said.
The helpline, she said, is not intended to replace any official government channels, “but it will complement what is already available. We want the community to feel confident in reaching out to the Club to get support that is within the scope of what we do as a Club.”
Digicel Marketing Manager Erica Usai, commenting on the launch of the helpline said, 'We are happy to support the Lion's Club's community initiatives especially during these unprecedented times.”
Ragoonath said the Club would like residents who need that additional support to call or What’sApp service requests for consideration.
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