Over 40 CIBC FirstCaribbean staff join national bid to “Clean Up Barbados”
Over 40 staff from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank joined national efforts to clean up Barbados recently, the largest group from the bank to ever do so.
The staffers, from the Broad Street, Fontabelle, Speightstown and Sheraton Centre branches of CIBC FirstCaribbean, took on the task of cleaning the Whim Gully in St. Peter for several hours from 7:00 am last Saturday. Armed with rubber gloves, garbage bags, clippers, cutlasses and the spirit of volunteerism, the bank staff scoured the gully retrieving over 20 bags of refuse, the majority of which was non-recyclable. Team leader from the bank, Janine White said that along with the items usually found they also retrieved computers, tyres as well as Styrofoam packaging from large household appliances. After their haul they congregated on the nearby Almond Beach for refreshments and rejuvenation.
As to why she decided to become involved in the effort, White, who is Customer Care Officer (Acting) at the bank’s Broad Street branch explained that with her living in a flood-prone area she was aware of the negative impact that indiscriminate dumping could have on the island’s watercourses. “Also, participating in Clean Up Barbados is a great way to give back to the community in which we work and build a stronger relationship there. It’s also a good team-building exercise because even though we’re one bank we’re able to meet colleagues from different branches and departments and work together towards a common cause.”
The bank has been involved in Clean Up Barbados for four years. Gracie Elias, Manager, Barbados Strategic Business Unit was pleased with the response from members of the bank. “It’s vital to give back to the communities in which we serve as well as demonstrate and increase our staff’s awareness of issues affecting the environment.”
Elias added that the initiative was also part of the bank’s Adopt-A-Cause which allows departments of the bank to lend tangible and financial assistance to worthy causes. In addition to the environment causes also include repairs and refurbishments to schools and retirement homes, the establishment of school libraries, donations to the HIV/AIDS food bank, contributions to regional feeding programmes, and purchasing and packing school supplies for children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Clean Up Barbados is an annual initiative of the Future Centre Trust 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.