CIBC FirstCaribbean Broad Street employees move from bank to beach to clean up Barbados

Members of staff from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank recently exchanged work locations – from their branch in Bridgetown to a beach in Worthing as they took part in a national effort to clean up Barbados.

Twenty-five members of the Broad Street branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean exchanged their branch in Bridgetown for a beach in Worthing to take part in Clean Up Barbados.

Twenty-five staff from the Broad Street Branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean recently joined about 20 other companies and organizations which cleaned up other locations as part of the Future Centre Trust’s Clean Up Barbados campaign.

The branch’s team spent just over two hours on a Saturday morning scouring Worthing Beach for garbage, bringing in 49 pounds of recyclable refuse and 41 pounds of non-recyclable garbage. Administration Coordinator at the Broad Street branch, Shawnelle Springer, who coordinated the bank’s involvement in the cleanup, noted that the haul collected was less than anticipated, indicating that people were becoming more aware of the need to keep the environment clean and use beach facilities correctly.

Members of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Broad Street branch including (from left) Andrea Thornhill, Terrianne Roach, Nadia Prescott, Marescia Rowe (partially hidden), Romelle Burgess, Kevan Branch, and Joel-Ross Charles collected 49 pounds of recyclable refuse and 41 pounds of non-recyclable garbage during Clean Up Barbados.

The branch has been participating in Clean Up Barbados for three years. Commenting on the branch’s involvement Ms. Springer said it was important as a way to give back to the community as well as demonstrate and increase the staff’s awareness of issues affecting the environment. She added that the initiative was also part of the branch’s Adopt-A-Cause which allows departments of the bank to lend tangible and financial assistance to worthy causes.

Noting the impact of the clean-up, Adel James, Customer Service Manager, noted that it highlighted the level of indiscriminate dumping to which persons contribute. “It also made me more aware of the importance of ensuring that garbage is disposed of in a proper manner.”

She added that the clean up was part of her contribution in ensuring that a clean and healthy environment was maintained. “The early morning was a sacrifice but it was the fun and team-spirit that gave me the zest to do it.” An even bigger group from the branch is envisioned to take part in 2013.

Clean Up Barbados is an annual event that was first launched in 2009. It is linked to the annual Clean Up The World event which takes place on the third weekend in September each year.

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