CIBC FirstCaribbean donates to Barbados Poppy League
As Barbadians honour those who have served their country in the pursuit of peace and security, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has once again come to the aid of the Barbados Poppy League to help Legionnaires in their time of need, including those who would have served during World War II, about 40 of whom are now in their late eighties and early nineties.
CIBC FirstCaribbean recently presented the Poppy League with a contribution to its fundraising efforts to provide monthly welfare allowances for members of the Barbados Legion. The funds also go towards medical supplies, such as walkers and spectacles, as well as household items for Legionnaires.
Edna Moore, Secretary of Barbados Poppy League, received the donation presented by Radcliffe Nurse, Head of Corporate, at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s office at Rendezvous, Christ Church. She was delighted with the bank’s contribution particularly with the economic difficulties the country is facing. “Every year as secretary I write several hundred letters to businesses in Barbados. Some respond, others not, and so I was delighted that even though times are hard the bank would turn around and give us a sizeable donation. It really makes me feel good.”
Moore added that the annual fundraiser was a continuing effort for those in the protective services. “All legions in the Commonwealth are there as support for anyone who has served in the protective service of their country. In Barbados we have persons who fought in World War II, while others fought on behalf of England in the conflicts in Aden (now South Yemen) in 1963, and in Suez, Egypt in 1956. We also have a member who fought in the war in Afghanistan and lost both legs and so we must support those who protect our country and its people,” she said, adding that Barbadians can still make donations and do so at any time of the year.
Nurse said the bank was again honoured to be associated with the continued support of those who had sacrificed so much of themselves for the freedoms of all Barbadians. “In times of economic challenges, it’s all the more crucial for us to remember that the liberties we hold dear and still enjoy today are because of the sacrifice of our legionnaires. We therefore encourage all Barbadians to continue to support this worthwhile and necessary appeal,” Nurse said.
The annual Poppy Appeal is the main fundraiser of the Barbados Poppy League which was established in 1922 and raises funds for the Barbados Legion, which was formed in 1957. The Barbados Poppy League is responsible for every aspect of the Poppy Appeal, from the ordering of Poppies to the counting of the cash proceeds and its final disposal. All the funds raised from the appeal are handed over to the Barbados Legion and are used to provide monthly welfare allowances, medical aid, social functions and other assistance to Legionnaires in need.
The Legion currently has about 390 members, both male and female.