CIBC FirstCaribbean boost a few Barbadian communities
With the start of a new year, a leading bank continues to respond to the needs of local communities, this time by assisting persons with a debilitating neuromuscular condition and families in need of every day food essentials.
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank reinforced its support for the communities it serves at a presentation to the Optimist Club of Barbados South and the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Barbados at the bank’s Rendezvous offices recently.
The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Barbados provides care and service to persons with the condition which enhances their quality of life. The condition is a chronic neuromuscular disease characterised by abnormal weakness of voluntary muscles. Vice-president of the association, Carolyn Lane, was on hand to receive funds from the bank. Ms. Lane said the contribution would make a great impact. “They will go towards providing medical alert identity bracelets so that if members fall ill and need medical attention they can receive suitable care.”
In thanking the bank Ms. Lane, whose sister has Myasthenia Gravis, said; “It’s not easy getting funds. Some companies in Barbados from have been experiencing difficulties and funds for community work have been scarce, so on behalf of the association I want to thank CIBC FirstCaribbean very much and can assure them that their contribution has gone to a very worthy cause.” Members of the association meet quarterly at the association’s headquarters at the Barbados Council for the Disabled, Harambee House, the Garrison.
The Optimist Club of Barbados South was also in a thankful mood, having received funds which will go towards food hampers for families identified by the Child Care Board and other entities. Club treasurer, Ann Sealy said, “We do fundraisers but there’s nothing to compare to a decent donation. This is not the first time that CIBC FirstCaribbean has donated. It’s so pleasing when corporate Barbados would offer donations especially in these trying times when everyone’s asking. So we’re ever so grateful for their generosity and continued support.”
With regard to the hampers, Ms. Sealy added: “Every year we’re doing more and more hampers, seeking to take care of families as best we can. This donation will help us feed at least 15 families and will go towards our Easter hampers; people are hungry all the time, not just at Christmas.”
Leo Brewster, president of the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to serving and bringing out the best in young people, provided more details on the club’s outreach which includes Christmas, Easter, back-to-school backpack, Common Entrance and school uniform programmes. “We’re always trying to work with the kids to show them that no matter their circumstance they can always improve themselves.”
Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels, CIBC FirstCaribbean said the bank was only too happy to support the causes. “Of course it’s important for us to give back especially to those entities that make a positive and lasting impact on alleviating the difficulties of others. The bonus is that in doing so we learn and care even more about the communities we serve.”