Over 70 Brackers will have a little extra bounce in their steps over the Christmas season, because not only are they going to be cleaning up the community, but they will earn money for doing so.
Acting Premier Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly has Darrell Rankine and Kim Cronshaw heading up and managing the Cayman Brac Pride project. Some 75 people signed up to participate in the programme at the Honourable Minister's MLA Office on Friday, 9 December. Work started on 12 December and will continue for two weeks.
Workers will concentrate their efforts on roadside cleanup and clearing the trails to the various caves on the Brac.
"Many people were looking forward to work. We have a good team of people who want to work and are all excited to get this employment for Christmas, so that they can put food on the table," Mr. Rankine said.
"Pride is not only an opportunity, but a privilege and the community has come to look forward to it," he said.
Mr. Linburg Tatum, an out-of-work mason, was pleased to see the project return for its third year. "Everyone is given a fair chance to work; it helps me and the community."
Another Pride worker, 30-year-old Evania McLaughlin, said, "Pride means that I will get the chance to put food on my table and also purchase a few gifts for the Christmas."
Acting Premier Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly said, "It is a breath of fresh air to see these people smile and while it may be dirty work, people look forward to it. Cleanliness is next to godliness. The Pride Project instills a sense of purpose to the workers."
Acting Premier added that she was pleased and delighted that, "the Hon. Premier McKeeva Bush gave the green light for this worthy Pride project."