CIBC FirstCaribbean lends helping hand to BARNOD
As members of Barbados’ disabled community experience challenges due to the current economic climate, a leading commercial bank has lent a helping hand to the Barbados National Organisation of the Disabled (BARNOD).
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank recently made a financial contribution to BARNOD whose mandate is to promote equal opportunities for persons with disabilities as well as their full participation in society. President of BARNOD, Colbert Ashby said the funds will be used to help members as well as non-members with disabilities. “We have visually and hearing-impaired, as well as persons with mobility challenges who need assistance, and the need has been heightened because of the current economic climate. The funds have been earmarked to help those needing walkers, as well as persons with eye and hearing challenges. Where financial donations can be given, they will be,” he explained.
Ashby added that the bank’s donation would have a “tremendous” impact on the lives of those persons with disabilities who were not able to afford the “essentials“. “Words cannot express the appreciation we felt when CIBC FirstCaribbean donated those funds. We will use them to help alleviate the hardships of persons with disabilities. We extend sincere thanks,” Ashby added.
The funds were presented to BARNOD by Krystle Maynard, Senior Dealer, Foreign Exchange & Money Markets. She expressed satisfaction that the bank was able to assist BARNOD and its membership particularly during challenging times.
Highlighting plans for the rest of 2014, Ashby said that BARNOD was focused on several priorities including hosting a two-day seminar in the last quarter of the year, planning workshops on job preparation as well as educating the wider public on how to deal with persons with disabilities.