Help for good causes
More than 150 XL Catlin employees have worked on 14 projects across the island as part of the company's Global Day of Giving project.
Their efforts included:
• Casemates Barracks: continuing pre-restoration work on the upper floor of the historic Royal Navy Dockyard Casemates Barracks to turn the area into a major part of the National Museum of Bermuda
• Meals on Wheels: cleaning and painting
• Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre: helping to clear the basement and other rooms and assisting with preparations for the upcoming Relay for Life
• The Reading Clinic: preparing maths kits
• Eliza DoLittle Society: cooking and preparing meals for distribution to those in need
• Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy: planting the garden and constructing raised planting beds for children in wheelchairs
• Matilda Smith Williams Nursing Home: hosting a garden tea party for the senior residents, including playing bingo, serving lunch, dessert and tea along with providing other festive entertainment
• SPCA Bermuda: painting dog kennels
• Trunk Island: painting classrooms, culling invasive plants, chopping branches to make wood chips to spread throughout the trails.
Patrick Tannock, who chairs XL Catlin's Bermuda-based philanthropic unit, the XL Foundation, said: “XL Catlin's Global Day of Giving is more than a day of community service. It's an opportunity for us to collaborate as colleagues on causes that are near and dear to our hearts as well as connect with non-profit organisations that, despite being asked to do more with less, are working tirelessly to address the various needs of our community and make a tangible difference.
“Although the Global Day of Giving is often exhausting because many of the projects are labour intensive, the results of our efforts are always rewarding.”