In keeping with its mandate to give back to the communities in which they operate, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank through its ComTrust Foundation, recently answered the call of the Happy Hill Roman Catholic School Alumni Association to provide urgent financial assistance to the Ugandan Martyrs School (formerly Happy Hill Roman Catholic School), to fund their annual Spelling Bee competition.
Upon learning of the school’s inability to secure sponsorship, CIBC FirstCaribbean Country Manager, Nigel Ollivierre immediately came to the school’s rescue, by agreeing to a financial contribution of $1,000.00 towards their annual Spelling Bee competition.
The competition and presentation took place at the school on October 17.
Making the cheque presentation was Sales Specialist Kemani Neckles, a past student of the Happy Hill R.C. School.
In addressing students present, Neckles recounted his experiences while attending the school and extolled the benefits of learning to spell words correctly.
“CIBC FirstCaribbean is delighted that we were able to assist and support the Spelling Bee competition and make the awards of Sure Start accounts to the winners. The bank remains fully committed to supporting the development of students both in academia and in preparing them for their future life so that they become financially astute”, he said.
Three fortunate students of the school who correctly answered the question, “What is the best way to learn how to spell?” were rewarded with SureStart accounts at the bank valued at $50.00.
Additionally, the most outstanding student participating in the Spelling Bee competition was awarded a SureStart account valued at $50.00 bringing the final total contribution from CIBC FirstCaribbean to $1, 200.00.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the association was Antonia Sandy-Antoine, Chairperson of the School’s alumni.
She said “The association wrote to many different business places and had no favourable responses and in most cases no response at all.
However, when we wrote CIBC FirstCaribbean, we were delighted to note the prompt commitment and offer of support received from Mr. Nigel Ollivierre”.
Acting school principal, Kevin Francis thanked the bank for its continued support, noting that this was not the first time the bank has assisted his school.
Francis expressed the hope that the bank would continue to give its support to the competition in the future.
Teachers of the school were not left out as Neckles and colleagues met with them individually to present the bank’s Teachers Rewards Programme; a package designed specifically for teachers where they can earn up to $6, 075.00 just for doing business with the bank.