CIBC FirstCaribbean teams support three worthy causes through bank’s Adopt-A-Cause programme
Two departments of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank came together recently to present three worthy causes with much needed supplies and monies which will assist persons affected by HIV/AIDS with their dietary and personal hygiene needs; outfit students in need with vital supplies at the start of a new school year; and rehabilitate young men affected by drug use.
The bank’s Internal Audit team made a presentation to the Progressive Optimist Club for its national uniform, school supplies and food drive; while the bank’s Operations team supported Teen Challenge Barbados and the HIV/AIDS Food Bank – all part of the bank’s Adopt-A-Cause programme.
“CIBC FirstCaribbean cares about our communities and is one of the largest corporate donors in the region contributing to hundreds of organisations at the national, regional and local levels. What makes this even more significant is that we have “buy-in” from employees who visibly participate in our charitable programmes region-wide,” Ms. Goodridge said.
Jacqui Wiltshire-Gay, Director of the National HIV/AIDS Commission thanked the bank for its “wonderful gesture” saying that the commission depended on partners like CIBC FirstCaribbean so that the gains they’ve made are not reversed. “The impact of this will be great because more and more people are coming to the food bank so we’ll be able to service people more, those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. It’s a great help.”
Mrs. Wiltshire-Gay also thanked the bank for inviting the commission’s officers to visit staff and sensitise them on HIV/AIDS prevention strategies.
Andy Downes, Chairman of Teen Challenge Barbados also extended thanks to the bank for it contribution saying it had been “generous” to the charity over the years. “This particular donation will go towards getting our programme restarted which was halted two years ago due to the deterioration of our building. We’ve since been able to acquire three buildings and are outfitting those with electrical, plumbing and other supplies so they’re ready for new patients by early 2015. We’re looking to accommodate 15 young men vulnerable to addiction and wish to let everyone know that we’re very much alive.”
“There’s a consensus that giving back to the community is very important, as we consider the youth of the nation the future leaders. We also thought this initiative would allow us to provide as many needy children with the tools they needed to promote learning,” Mr. Douangprachanh explained.
Richelle Lucas, Chairperson of the club’s Uniform and Back-to-School drive said the impact of the Internal Audit’s donation would be “massive“.
“This will allow us to purchase school shoes and assist those schools which have particular uniform needs. There’s a lot that the bank’s contribution can do.” Ms. Lucas added that the drive had touched about 600 children so far. “In these times it’s difficult for some to get the necessary school supplies so we came up with the idea of a drive and ran with it and it worked perfectly. We’re very happy with the donation the bank has given and thank them so much.”
Through CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Adopt-A-Cause programme, departments volunteer tangible and financial assistance to assist worthy causes. Causes have included the preservation of the environment, as well as repairs and refurbishments to schools and retirement homes.