As part of its corporate responsibility, the Royal Bank of Canada/Royal Bank of Trinidad & Tobago (RBC/RBTT) has donated some much needed items to the Richmond Home for the Elderly.
A brief ceremony was held at the home last week Wednesday for the handing over, which saw RBC/RBTT officials contributing a number of items including toilet paper, soap, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, among others.
Coordinator of the initiative, Mary Harford-Mitchell, said the donation falls under the “RBC/RBTT Care for You programme,” which has been implemented in all RBTT territories.
She stated that the programme is geared towards providing support to needy individuals and organisations in communities.
She noted that the initiative, which commenced last February, has received an “outpouring of support from our staff members who were very passionate about giving.”
“Most of the items being donated today were given by the staff of the bank,” the coordinator said.
“As a company we believe that we can change the world and make a difference…we are very passionate about volunteering our time and resources to make a significant difference in our community,” she added.
In addressing the gathering, RBC/RBTT Country Manager, Musa Jasat, pointed that the bank was “always looking for opportunities to give back to the community,” adding that “one of our focus and value is to help clients strive and communities prosper.”
He expressed the view that the items donated will “alleviate some of the growing needs that the home may have.”
The Richmond Home, which is situated in a two-storey building next to the historical Fort Frederick at Richmond Hill, St. George, is owned and operated by the Government of Grenada and falls under the Ministry of Health.
It offers a free residential facility to senior citizens and is managed by a team of qualified caregivers.
After accepting the items, Acting Health Service Administrator with responsibility for the Richmond Home, Joanna Humphrey expressed gratitude to RBC for the generosity.
“We feel very happy whenever business places within the community make donations to the elderly, because we know they have given of their services already. So this is how we are saying thank you because sometimes they are the ones who (would) have laid the carpet for us to walk on”, she said.
“I want to say thank you,” she added expressing the hope that “the partnership will continue in the future.”
Most of the residents at the Richmond Home are elderly people who have lost their independence and do not have family members to ensure their care or have become destitute.
According to the Government website approximately 80% of the residents do not benefit from family support.
Despite all the efforts put in place by the staff, the material needs of the home in consumables and equipment is not met by the Government alone and the home substantially relies on donations for everything from washing powder to major repairs to the building, which was originally built in 1829.
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY newspaper following the brief handing over ceremony, Acting Senior Nursing Officer, Anita Peters-Cromwell said the donation will assist the home “very much.”
“It (the donation) is timely and will be used wisely,” said Nurse Peters-Cromwell.
Currently the Richmond Home houses 72 residents, 36 females and 36 males and comprises geriatric, mentally and physically challenged, destitute and psycho geriatric residents