CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN JOINS THE ‘ARMY’ TO OUTFIT CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL

The financial worry of outfitting their children to return to school, next month, has been eased for 100 families. This week, these parents received vouchers, stationery and other items through the Salvation Army’s Back to School Programme.

During a short presentation ceremony, the Salvation Army’s Divisional Business Manager, Ms Sherma Evelyn noted that the number of families who benefited this year was an increase from last year’s 80 and she said the Salvation Army was happy to partner with donors such as CIBC FirstCaribbean in making this possible.

Parent, Ms. Dionne Drakes, fourth from left receiving a voucher from Trustee of FirstCaribbean International Bank Comtrust Foundation, Ms. Lynda Goodridge. Others pictured from left are Member of the Salvation Army's Advisory Board, Mr. Michael Stuart, Mr. Wilfred Field and the Salvation Army's Divisional Commander Major Darrell Wilkinson.

Parent, Ms. Dionne Drakes, fourth from left receiving a voucher from Trustee of FirstCaribbean International Bank Comtrust Foundation, Ms. Lynda Goodridge. Others pictured from left are Member of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, Mr. Michael Stuart, Mr. Wilfred Field and the Salvation Army’s Divisional Commander Major Darrell Wilkinson.

Her sentiments of thanks were echoed by Major Denzil Walcott who said the programme was started about six years ago after someone anonymously donated $1,000, and since then had been supported by faithful donors.

Lynda Goodridge, a trustee of FirstCaribbean International Comtrust Foundation, the registered charity of the bank, said the bank was delighted to be part of the programme which fits in with its record of association with worthy causes.

In addition to the tangible gifts which the parents received, Ms Goodridge presented them with words of wisdom. She told them that their children were a heritage of the Lord as she advised them to bring them up in the knowledge and fear of God.

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