Saturday 15 August, 2020

ORIA airfield upgrade team donates $6K to the Cayman Food Bank

The joint venture consortium comprised of Island Paving Ltd., Decco and IDL Projects recently donated CI$6,000 to the Cayman Food Bank in support of its COVID-19 relief efforts.

Island Paving Director Barry Bodden said the idea originated with the project teams themselves who fundraised CI$3,000.

“When we heard what the teams were doing, the joint venture committed to matching their efforts for a total donation of CI$6,000,” he said. “We know there are many people in our community going through difficult times and relying on charities like the Food Bank to put food on the table. As we continue to work to upgrade the airfield in preparation for better days, the team wanted to make a difference to those in need now.”

Identified by the Cayman Islands Government as a priority project, works at the airfield upgrade project at the Owen Roberts International Airport were granted exemption status, and the staff and management received early training on all relevant safety protocols and public health guidance.

Project team member David Ballantyne said knowing their employment was secure prompted the team’s desire to help others less fortunate.

“We were talking one night and just decided to do something as we were still working and a lot of people weren't in the same situation,” Mr Ballantyne said. “We had heard about the Food Bank so we asked if anyone would be interested in donating and we collected the funds over a three-week period.”

Cayman Food Bank Fundraising Director Naomi Law said the project team’s donation will go a long way in supporting the community during this time of need.

“These funds will allow the Cayman Food Bank to provide multi-day food and supply packages for over 700 people per week, many of whom are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said. “The Cayman Food Bank is extremely grateful for this generous donation from the Island Paving, DECCO, IDL Projects joint venture, which will allow us to continue making a difference in the lives of people and families in need.”

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