Barbadians donate 1.6 million Cents in National Effort to help Alzheimer’s sufferers

The Central Bank of Barbados announced late on Friday night that Barbadians donated an estimated 1,652,000 cents to its national collection effort.

The Bank, Alzheimer’s Association and all three rotary clubs on the island coordinated the initiative to get persons to take their one cents to work, or to Heroes’ Square in the City, in celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day on Friday 21 September.

Public Affairs Officer at the Bank, Novaline Brewster described the initiative, which is one aspect of a 6-month effort to raise five million cents as “simply overwhelming and a demonstration that Barbadians are a very caring people.”

“I would wish, on behalf of the Bank, the Alzheimer’s Association and Rotary clubs to thank everyone who donated their cents . The response surpassed our expectations and we are eternally grateful,” Brewster stated.

The Public Affairs Officer also commended Government, the Barbados Private Sector Association, Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Small Business Association and Barbados Employers’ Confederation for their support in sensitizing their members and employees about the campaign.

Brewster reiterated that the campaign ends on December 31 and she encouraged Barbadians to continue to deposit their one cents in the yellow bins located in supermarkets, gas stations, credit unions, media houses, telecommunications companies, insurance companies, small shops, stores, law firms, churches and government offices.

{FILE IMAGEASHLEY LYTHCOTT, GRANDCHILD OF ALZHEIMER’S AFFLICTED} To date, the drive has realised more than 2 million cents.

The coins will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association to assist with the construction of a day care centre for sufferers of Alzheimer’s.

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