Although the original idea behind the Pink Ladies was for service to the community, it was realised that there was a need for money in many areas of the community and so fund-raising activities were started, first with the opening of a Coffee Shop in 1981 at the George Town Hospital, which continued for 33 years.
In 1982 the first Mother’s Day Tea and Fashion Show was held and in 1983 the Christmas Bazaar was started and which has grown now into a grand Christmas tradition. A Craft Group was set up in 1983 to supply beautiful, handmade products for the Bazaar. Other fund-raisers followed over the years: and annual Easter Basket/Eggs sale, Golf Tournaments and Lunches.
All funds raised go straight back into the community, with regular donations to the Pines, the NCVO, The Lighthouse School, Special Olympics and the Hospital. We also support the conservation of Blue Iguanas sponsoring an Iguana we call ‘Lady Pink’. Other donations are made when special needs arise.
The Lighthouse School
The Lighthouse School is the Cayman Islands government primary and secondary school that caters specifically to students with special education needs.
Pink Ladies support the Lighthouse School through volunteering with teaching and classroom activities subject to specific requirements as well as with an annual donation and sponsorship of the Ciceley Wilcox Trophy for the outstanding Junior and Senior Students of the Year.
The Pines Retirement Home
Each year the PLVC gives a donation to The Pines Retirement Home to help fund specific equipment needs or, in the past few years, towards building and villa refurbishments. We also host a Birthday Lunch for Pines residents and organise a Tea Party for Older Persons Month.
Children's Story time at the Library
Our story time reading program for children at the Cayman Islands Public Library Service started in 2017 and is evidence of our commitment to improving the literacy of children in the Cayman Islands. The program expanded West Bay in 2018 and hopefully we will commence in other locations in the future too.
Volunteers are needed one Saturday morning a month from 10.30-11am.
If you would like to be added to the schedule of readers please contact us.
The Craft Group meets on a Tuesday morning at the Dart Park in South Sound. Only basic sewing skills and plenty of creative ideas are required to join and the group has tremendous fun producing items for sale at the Christmas Bazaar and other Art and Craft events during the year. Craft Group volunteers can contact: Selma Silva
Pink Lady Pamela Webster organizes Kids with a Heart, a group of young school children who make regular after school visits to The Pines Retirement Home to entertain the residents with Art and Crafts projects. Pink Ladies have also participated in the High School Year 12 Work Experience programme and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme with students gaining volunteer hours for their certification under the award. We welcome young volunteers to help at the Christmas Bazaar with set up take down and general errands on the day. Contact us to take part!
Pink Lady of the Year
Each year one of our ladies is awarded for their outstanding contribution to the work of Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps.
Our 2018 Pink of the Year was the PLVC Director, Faye Lippitt.