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Women in Business Rally Business Community To Support Students in Need

Business 09 Oct, 2023 Follow News

A representative of Ken Thompson’s team at Island Taste presents Tracey Pilkey with a cheque in support of the Back2School program.

Kim Lund of the Cayman Lund Team, RE/MAX gather together to show their support as a donation is provided to BPW’s Back2School initiative.

Tracey Pilkey accepts donation from Nikita Kissoon, Chief Financial Officer of Proven Bank in Cayman.

Diana Crecian, Treasurer of BPW Cayman accepts cheque from Peter Small, Partner at PWC Cayman in the Asset and Wealth Management Group.

Recognizing the far-reaching cost-of-living crisis, the Business and Professional Women’s Association of Grand Cayman (BPW) tapped their networks to come together to support Cayman’s families in need.

With the generosity and support of PWC Cayman, Island Taste, Kim Lund’s team at ReMax Cayman Islands, and Proven Bank over $8500 KYD was raised to provide over 200 uniforms to students identified by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Cayman (BBBS).

“The reality is that for the past 2 years we’ve seen an increasing number of names on the list we receive. With many people feeling the pinch of an increase in day-to-day costs, the school year brings the stress of added expenses related to uniforms, shoes, supplies and more. We were grateful to be able to work with corporate partners that share our vision of building a stronger Cayman.”

Cheryl Myles, President of BPW Grand Cayman, and this year’s BPW Back2School program committee Chair.

Working with fulfillment partners like Becky’s Closet, The Uniform Shop and the PTA at Clifton Hunter, over 400 pieces of clothing were distributed between jackets, pants, skirts and shirts using a voucher system. This year’s new system ensured that children and parents were supported without depriving them of the joy of back-to-school shopping experience.

Project committee member Tracey Pilkey added, “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”.

The Department of Child and Family Services added, “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

• Creek and Spot Bay Primary

About BPW

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.

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