CIBC FirstCaribbean has presented over fifty “Back to School” packs to deserving students living in the South St. George community presently.
The school packs were donated under CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Community Care Initiative, an outreach programme, whereby CIBC FirstCaribbean employees give back to the community.
The initiative has been in existence for over twenty-five years, with funds being generated through monthly donations made by staff.
Funds raised under this initiative have, over the years, assisted
many individuals and communities on a whole, via donations made to persons in need of medical attention, school feeding programmes and other areas of need.
In order to identify students in the community, CIBC FirstCaribbean called upon the assistance of former employees of the bank and Co-ordinator of the South St. George Community Assistance Programme, Hayden Redhead, to help with the selection of candidates to benefit from the initiative.
In a short ceremony held on August 29 at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s St. George’s office, parents and children were treated to a series of fun activities.
Specially selected students were also surprised with additional rewards for their outstanding performances during the last school term.
Each school pack consisted of a new school bag and a selection of school supplies that the student will require for the new school year.
Retail Banking Manager, CIBC FirstCaribbean, Billy DeRoche expressed delight on behalf of his team, at being able to make such meaningful contributions towards the students’ education, and offered words of encouragement as they prepare for the new school term.
“We at CIBC FirstCaribbean are always pleased to be associated with any initiative which promotes the development of youth and education.
Activities like this programme creates a feeling of personal satisfaction for our team, knowing that we can get involved and give back to our community in meaningful ways”, he said.
“We encourage each of you to take your education seriously and aim to be the very best you can” he added.
In addition to this initiative, the bank is also involved in various other programmes geared towards improving communities.
These include Adopt-a-Cause, which identifies projects in the community that require assistance and ‘Walk for Cure’, geared towards raising awareness of Cancer across the region.
This year’s walk takes place on October 3 commencing at the Port Highway and ending in the town of St. George.