CIBC FirstCaribbean donates hurdles to Harrison College

The well-rounded education of students at Harrison College has received a boost through the donation of much-needed games equipment.

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank recently presented the Old Harrisonian Society (OHS) with a set of hurdles at the College’s Crumpton Street location.

President of the OHS, Tammi Pilgrim explained that the society sought to identify needs across school departments, including the P.E. Department and then reached out to CIBC FirstCaribbean for assistance. “We didn’t want to compromise the need for students to have a well-rounded education. The school has a rich sporting history, it’s not all about academia, and so we wanted to help make sure the students were taken care in the sporting disciplines.

Students at Harrison College received a sporting boost recently with a donation of hurdles from CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank. Joining the students were (from left) Joseph Maynard, Principal (Acting); Sonia Nelson, Deputy Principal (Acting); Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels at CIBC FirstCaribbean; Tammi Pilgrim, President, Old Harrisonian Society; and Ryan Leacock of the P.E. Department.

Students at Harrison College received a sporting boost recently with a donation of hurdles from CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank. Joining the students were (from left) Joseph Maynard, Principal (Acting); Sonia Nelson, Deputy Principal (Acting); Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels at CIBC FirstCaribbean; Tammi Pilgrim, President, Old Harrisonian Society; and Ryan Leacock of the P.E. Department.

The OHS president added that the school was in great need of hurdles with some being outdated and broken. The new hurdles were chosen because of the wide range of heights at which they could be adjusted which allow them to work for several age ranges. The equipment is also lightweight and, therefore, easy to transport and presents less risk of injury. Furthermore the hurdles are easily stored because they are collapsible.

This donation will make an impact because it meets some basic requirements and ensures that the students have good equipment to use,” she said.

Pilgrim went on to extend a “heartfelt thanks” to CIBC FirstCaribbean. “For the bank to remember and help us meet some of the basic needs of the sports department, especially at a time of economic challenge across the county, speaks volumes of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s social conscience.”

Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels said the bank was happy to assist the school particularly as it had a keen interest in youth and sport, seen most recently by the bank’s sponsorship of the 42nd CARIFTA Track and Field Championships last Easter and its outfitting of the Barbados contingent with travel and warm-up shirts. “CIBC FirstCaribbean has a long history of supporting young people in their sporting development so this presentation of games equipment to student athletes at Harrison College is a natural fit for our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.”

Additional funds for the school’s sports department will be raised when the OHS stages its final fund raiser on October 12. Funds will also go towards the school’s mentorship programme as well as the Armstrong Fund which supports students in need.

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