SANITATION SERVICE AUTHORITY BOOSTS “MAKING SENSE OUT OF CENTS”
The Central Bank of Barbados just received a welcome addition to the growing tally of pennies for the Central Bank’s and Rotary’s drive to assist the Alzheimer’s Association of Barbados.
The fundraising initiative called, “Making Sense Out Of Cents” had an initial goal of collecting five million pennies by the end of 2012, the record has since been smashed and the tally is well over eight million cents or close to $83,000.00. The latest donation from the SSA will help towards the new goal of ten million pennies or one hundred thousand dollars before the New Year of 2013 makes an appearance.
Stanton Alleyne, the Authority’s Manager, revealed the cause has a special meaning since his late grandmother was also a victim of Alzheimer’s. Assisting Mr Alleyne with the heavy recycled containers was Plant Superintendent, Mr Derek Brereton and Superintendent of the Northern Depot, Mr Terence Mitchell, these two gentlemen also coordinated the collection in the midst of their hectic schedules. There to receive the kind donation was Mrs Octavia Gibson, Deputy Director of Currency along with Ms Pamelia Brereton, President of the Alzheimer’s Association. The President of the Association says her group is still seeking an adequate location which can afford both security and placid surroundings for the facility which would provide Day Care for sufferers as a respite for families who have their own obligations during the day.
Mrs Gibson says this drive has helped the Central Bank reduce the need to purchase more one-cent denominations for the next fiscal year, she added that all locations provided through both the Chamber of Commerce and its members continue to await all donors such as the Sanitation Service Authority.
Ms Brereton says the initiative has made Barbadians far more aware of this disease and has even led in certain cases for people to be more compassionate when handling loved ones whose memories are now not what they used to be. She suggested that funds would be used for either building a complex or renovating a house, once the appropriate building was located.
Those members of the Public who have yet to make a donation, can do so at most petrol stations across the island as well as at the Central Bank in Bridgetown itself.