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Recognizing our seniors

Easter,  a celebration of religion and a four day weekend to enjoy with the family,  for some people, they do not have the luxury of camping , they are in their retirement homes with their peers, luckily, leaders of society have pooled their resources together to throw a party for our seniors.

For Easter, prominent members of grand Cayman’s society have put on a special luncheon for senior citizens, giving them a chance to socialize with old friends and make new ones ,and also to share stories of the past to Cayman’s future.

“This is a time that they really really really show us where the Cayman islands has come from , in terms of a good Christian back ground … And when you mingle with them … You remember some of the things that are important to you as a society.” said Dorine Whittaker , Chief Officer of the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth & Sports.

Events like this , put on by the department of children and family services, serve a purpose, for Cayman’s current generation to give thanks to the elder-folk for their efforts.

“And we think that it is appropriate on occasions like this , to say to our senior citizens , thank you , for the hard work , for the commitment and dedication that you demonstrated in years past.” said Pastor Caple Thompson.

With seniors not having as much as an active role in society that they used to, Bodden town’s MLA is still looking out for them, by keeping them social and engaged.

“But they need to know that they are appreciated , they are cared for , well looked after , but functions such as this , bringing them in tandem with the youth , which is what the Seventh Day Adventists have done successfully today, at the church service and at Pedro castle, it’s a fantastic event. I think , if you interview any of these elder folk today, they feel young again.” said Hon. Osbourne Bodden, MLA for Bodden Town.

“I  feel revitalized,  the seniors have, paved the way, for the young ones, the seniors have worked hard, the seniors have developed a lot of services, a lot of pathway, thinks are changing and by no way should they forget the seniors” said Cislyn Petgrave , an attendee of the luncheon.

In the words of Terry Pratchett , It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are,  and if you don’t know where you are, you don’t know where your going  and if you don’t know where you’re going,  you’re probably going wrong  , Philipp Richter, Cayman 27


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Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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