While visitation restrictions are still in place at The Pines Retirement Home members of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman decided they would not let COVID-19 stop them from celebrating Cayman’s silver citizens.
During the month of July, the Lions Club of Grand Cayman will always provide a birthday party for seniors at the Pines and this month was no exception.
On 18 July Lions members led by president Carmin Godfrey threw a party for the residents with the helping hands of staff at the retirement home.
“Despite our members being unable to enter the premises to entertain our seniors, the LCGC continues this tradition in July 2020. We met our dear nurses and home administrators and prepared a special event for the residents,” said Lions 2nd Vice president Mike Havelin.
At the event the birthdays of two residents and four staff members were celebrated.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions members were not allowed into the premises which meant that the traditional celebrations that includes entertainment, assistance with feeding, visits to the bed ridden and presentation of gifts were not possible.
However, Havelin said the Club members who attended the celebration prayed for the staff and also asked that they think of the Lions singing happy birthday to the people celebrating birthdays.
The club handed over party cake, gifts, favors, food and drink for the residents and nurses.
“Once restrictions on care homes have eased, we have promised to go back, bringing with us our talented Lion Winston Hayle, together with many more Lions and supporters later in the summer for a sing-a-long and meet-and-greet,” Havelin added.
Only a small number of Lions were allowed to visit for the handover which included Godfrey, Lion 1st VP Eric Anderson, Mike Havlin and Lions John E Ebanks and Heidi Anderson. They attended the outdoor reception meeting Margaret Lue, the day care co-ordinator, where they delivered the special meal and treats.