Published 4th December 2020, 1:58pm
A lively crowd of around 200 delighted seniors attended a very special evening of dining and entertainment at the Lion’s Centre on Wednesday 02 December.
The Department of the Children and Family Services (DCFS) organised the event bearing in mind current COVID-19 prevention regulations. Sponsors, including the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, Public Service Pension Board and CICSA Co-operative Credit Union, contributed to the venue, the meal as well as Christmas gift bags for each senior.
Guests bused in from around the island with DCFS’s Community Development Officers helping to mobilise seniors within their assigned districts.
The evening also paid tribute to Mr Roy and Ms Reva Bodden who had been married 64 years ago yesterday. Mr Bodden, a musician, delighted the audience by serenading his wife with a song shortly afterwards.
Noting that the oldest person in attendance was 100 years old, but still took advantage of the opportunity to dance, organisers say seniors repeatedly expressed their gratitude for an opportunity to attend the outdoors event and see each other.
His Excellency the Governor Martyn Roper and Mrs Roper; Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Austin Harris, MP for Prospect; Parliamentary Secretary Barbara Conolly, MP for George Town South; and Kenneth Bryan MP for George Town Central were among VIPs in attendance. Playing host were Ministry of Community Affairs Chief Officer Teresa Echenique, Director of the Department of Children and Family Services Paulinda Mendoza Williams and Deputy Director Rayle Roberts.
“We really enjoy putting on these socials and seeing the strong positive impact on the seniors who look forward to these events and in particular to being able to mingle and enjoy the company of their friends. As such we look forward to hosting these events when possible, while still working to ensure the safety of our seniors”, comments Chief Officer Echenique.