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The playground at Watler’s Community Park is about to get some help from society at large.

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Endeavor General Construction and Repair, and the Public Works Department will come together on Nov. 3 to give the park a makeover.

The group is planning to paint the park’s cabana and to repair walkways and play areas. The park’s playground currently consists of a slide and a swing set. The volunteers plan to plant trees as part of the refurbishment, and a mural designed and painted by Art Nest will be installed.

“Located in the heart of George Town, Watler’s Park is a center point of the community and should not be allowed to fall into disrepair. We want to ensure it is preserved for families and particularly children in the area to enjoy for many years to come,” said Stephanie Wight, co-director of community service for the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman.

“We are so grateful for the involvement and support of Leslie Bromfield from Endeavour and Crosby Solomon and his team from Public Works.” 

More than a decade ago, the Young Cayman Community Awareness Society took the development of Watler’s Community Park as a project. The group raised funds from several local organizations that went toward building a gate and a wall and to provide safe play equipment.

The initiative started in August 2006, and the group staged a grand opening for the refurbished park on Feb. 16, 2008.

Source: Cayman Compass

Club members came out to give a helping hand painting at One Dog At A Time on Saturday, October 13.

The charity finds homes for animals that are placed in the Department of Agriculture dog pound or that are found abandoned on streets.

Funds raised by One Dog At A Time cover the costs of vetting the dogs, spaying and neutering them and treating for heartworm or other health issues, as well as for collars, leashes, dog crates, dog bowls and other items, as well as covering the costs of food and heartworm medication while in foster homes. The funds also pay for dogs to be flown to rescue partners in New York and Toronto. The organization rescues and re-homes between 10 and 20 dogs a month.

Officials with Cayman HospiceCare are pushing toward a Dec. 4 grand opening of their new facility off of West Bay Road.

The four-bed, 6,000-​square-foot facility was originally expected to open in August, but permitting delays and bad weather, which hampered the construction of a road and parking lot, have resulted in the year-end date.

“It’s been a real journey and I can’t tell you how excited we are,” said board member Nancy Lewis, who has been overseeing the project.

On Thursday, Ms. Lewis toured the new building, where wires still hung from holes in the ceiling, awaiting light fixtures, and drywall powder dusted the tile floors. Tape is still on the windows. Outside, the dirt parking lot was littered with vehicles and workmen doing some of the finish on the exterior.

Ms. Lewis said having a dedicated building is a big step forward for the organization that currently rents its office space and has just two rooms for inpatient care at The Pines Retirement Home.

“The ability to put a loved one in a safe place that is homelike, I think, is a game changer,” she said of the new building.

The inpatient area, which Ms. Lewis called “the residences,” will be used to provide both hospice and palliative care, the latter being pain and stress relief for patients still undergoing treatment for a serious disease. Respite care will also be available.

The area has a central nurses’ station, an ambulance entrance and large patient rooms that can accommodate couches and chairs for family members. The administrative offices and meeting rooms are in the west wing and in between is a community area. This large central room, Ms. Lewis said, will be used for such things as adult day care, yoga classes, music therapy sessions and even meetings and events for the outside community, such as the Rotary Club.

“All of our fundraising events will now be held here,” she said.

The $3 million building itself is the result of a protracted fundraising effort. Nearly every room and/or feature of the new building, whether it’s the solar panels on the roof, the kitchen or the landscaping that will start in about two weeks, has been sponsored and funded by a local company or individual. One anonymous donor provided $1 million. And Derek Haines, who got the project off the ground, raised more than that by running sponsored marathons.

Several years ago, Ms. Lewis said, “Derek Haines came to us and said, ‘I want to run six marathons in a year so you can have an inpatient unit.’”

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, this is a community-based service club for teens age 14-18 years. Initiated in October 2016 and chartered January 2017, this youth club is a club for all high school teens who want to do good in their community, make new friends and have fun. Our club meets twice a month and plans one social each month. Members organize their own projects and events on causes they are passionate about. Effecting positive change.
Meetings also help to:
 * build self-confidence
 * shape leadership characteristics
 * educate on local and international issues
 * provide career mentoring

Teens can expect to:
 *  have fun with ice breaker games and team
 *  building activities
 *  make new friends from other schools
 *  share their opinions on local topics
 *  learn about Rotary and service initiatives
     around the world

Joining is free!
Food and drinks are provided at every meeting.
Next meeting: Saturday, October 27th
Location: ALT Conference room (2nd floor)
Time: 10am – 11:30am
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