More than 60 volunteers from Mourant showed their willingness to support the community during the law firm’s “Away Day,” which is held on American Thanksgiving Thursday every year.
The volunteers donated more than 180 hours of combined time to six different local charitable organisations, including Cayman Acts of Random Kindness, better known as ARK; Cayman Islands Cancer Society; Cayman Islands Humane Society; Literacy Is For Everyone, better known as LIFE; the National Trust; and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, better known as NCVO.
Activities in which the Mourant teams got involved included reading to the pupils at Theoline McCoy Primary School in Bodden Town; restoration of the gardens at the historic Mission House property; sorting and organising donations at the NCVO Bargain Shop; beautifying the playground at Miss Nadine’s Preschool and Jack and Jill Nursey; and relocating the Cayman Islands Cancer Society warehouse.
For one particular project, Mourant volunteers helped paint the home of a local resident who is battling breast cancer and currently undergoing chemotherapy. The house, where the resident lives with her five children and elderly parents, had fallen into disrepair and ARK has been coordinating an extensive renovation to get it back to a livable state, with the assistance of multiple volunteers.
Tara Nielsen, Cayman ARK founder, said the response from the community and local businesses in the community has been overwhelming.
“Each phase of this transformational renovation has been made possible by the kindness of dozens of individuals,” she said, adding that the resident and her family “will finally have a place to call home.”
Mourant Cayman Islands Managing Partner Hayden Isbister said the firms look forward to Away Day every year.
“It’s a great chance for us to make an impact in the local community in which we live and work,” he said. “The enthusiasm and effort that our people put into these projects always impresses me. It’s a different way for us to galvanise our unique team spirit and make a difference in our local community.”
This article originally appeared in the January 2020 print edition of Camana Bay Times under the headline “Making a difference.”