Monday 11 December, 2017

The annual poppy appeal for veterans has begun

Governor of Cayman, Her Excellency Helen Kilpatrick being pinned with a poppy by former US Marine and member of CIVA Ms Shane McLaughlin.

Governor of Cayman, Her Excellency Helen Kilpatrick being pinned with a poppy by former US Marine and member of CIVA Ms Shane McLaughlin.

The annual poppy appeal was launched on Tuesday.

At the ceremony, the Governor Helen Kilpatrick was pinned by former US Marine and a member of the Cayman Islands Veterans Association (CIVA), Shadden McLaughlin.

“The poppies represent the service other people have given, men and women throughout the ages, to ensure the safety and freedom of the general public,” said Shadden McLaughlin new president of CIVA and veteran. 

Proceeds generated by the poppy appeal will support the welfare of veterans in the Cayman Islands.

Andrew McLaughlin, who served 22 years active duty with the United States Marines, took the opportunity to appeal to the public to donate to the veterans fund. He also informed persons of opportunities to join CIVA though they may not be a veteran the relative of one.

"If you have a member of your family that was a veteran and you’d like to be part of the Veteran’s Association and do your part, you can become an association member," he said. 

"We’ve also opened up the new programme to people who don’t have any members of their family to ever serve and still want to be of help to the veterans, you can also apply for the associate membership," he added.

Collection boxes to accommodate donations are available several locations on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.