Scotiabank Helps Spread Spirit of Giving from Bushy Park to Bridgetown

The spirit of giving will be spread from the racing track at Bushy Park to the heart of the city this weekend as two Scotiabank-supported charitable events take place.

The Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) Charity has a box at the hotly-anticipated Race of Champions this weekend. Scotiabank’s Offshore Banking Unit has underwritten the cost of the box so that all funds from donations made will help the charity purchase a walk-in cooler to store vaccines at the Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic.

BIBA Charity Trustee Lisl Lewis explained that the cooler is a critical piece of equipment for the safety and quality control of Barbados' vaccination system. At a meeting with Lana Fingall, Scotiabank's Senior Relationship Manager and Team Lead for Offshore Banking, Ms. Lewis praised the Bank's vision. She noted that support had been overwhelming, with the box being fully subscribed within twenty-four hours.

BIBA Charity Trustee Lisl Lewis explained that the cooler is a critical piece of equipment for the safety and quality control of Barbados’ vaccination system. At a meeting with Lana Fingall, Scotiabank’s Senior Relationship Manager and Team Lead for Offshore Banking, Ms. Lewis praised the Bank’s vision. She noted that support had been overwhelming, with the box being fully subscribed within twenty-four hours.

Meanwhile this weekend will also be a special one for many children as the Ballroom Dance Club of the YMCA hosts their annual Christmas party for children from the city.

“For many of these children, this might be the only gift they receive,” said Club Secretary Veona Maloney at a planning meeting at Scotiabank.

The Club prepares a full schedule of entertainment, supper and gift giving with Santa and this year Scotiabank has come on board as the event’s main sponsor.

YMCA Club planning meeting

Scotiabank Senior Marketing Manager, Lisa Cole, noted that the Bank had been planning to include an event for children this year as part their Christmas philanthropy, which includes sponsorship of the Salvation Army Kettle Launch and donations to several other charities.

“Not only are we supporting the event financially, but we several of our employees are volunteering at the party,” she said. “Scotiabank encourages a culture of giving back to the communities we serve.”

Retired social worker, Leroy Gibbs, who is the YMCA Party Co-ordinator, was visibly excited by the Bank’s support. “It means we can increase the number of children at the party from 70 to over 100 this year,” he said.

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