For yet another year, Republic Bank Grenada Ltd. is showing commitment to providing financial support to humanitarian groups registered in the country.
A total of $33, 000 were presented to thirteen organisations in varying amounts, at a brief ceremony held at the Radisson Beach Resort in Grand Anse last week Wednesday.
Republic Bank commenced the annual gesture as part of its ongoing community outreach initiative more than a decade ago.
This year’s recipients were: CHORES Support Group, GRENCODA Book and Uniform Programme, Dorothy Hopkin Centre for the Disabled, Grenada Heart Foundation, Grenada Cancer Society, Grenada Diabetes Foundation, Grenada National Patient Kidney Foundation, Grenada Foundation for Needy Students, Cadronna Home for the Aged, Rotary Club Grenada East-VOSH Eye Care Programme, Pink Ribbon Society and Hillsview Home for the Aged.
Addressing the cheque presentation ceremony on behalf of Republic Bank Grenada Ltd., Manager of the Business Support Services, Hermilyn Charles, applauded the efforts and “selfless giving often times with stretched resources to make life more comfortable for the less fortunate among us”.
“Today, our contribution, which collectively totals $33, 000, and which probably, is not enough is but a small gesture to say that we support your initiative,” she said.
“Through our social investment programme ‘Power to make a difference,’ we hope to continue to build and forge greater partnerships with those committed to championing the rights and standards of living for the ill, socially marginalised and differential able brothers and sisters whom we have a duty to protect,” she added.
In receiving on behalf of the Pink Ribbon Society, which helps women who suffer from breast cancer was Paulette Calliste who later told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the Society helps at least “a dozen women a year.
“We have many women with breast cancer, who cannot afford the chemotherapy treatment,” she said, noting that the treatment commonly referred to in short as “chemo” costs “approximately $670 per treatment,” and must be conducted on a regular basis.
The Society also holds an annual cancer walk, engages in fundraising activities to support its noteworthy cause and would visit patients at the hospital when they go to for the treatment.
Past President of the Rotary Club of Grenada East, Robert Whyte, in an interview with this newspaper said the monies received would be used to assist with the eye care programme.
“Every year, in conjunction with the (United States-based) VOSH Club, we provide examination of the eyes, glasses, and in some cases surgery, which he said, “has been very beneficial to our communities.”
He said, the project, which is into its seventeenth year, is administered with support from the Ministry of Health and that so far, approximately 34, 000 Grenadians have already benefited.
“Persons are very happy that the service is provided,” Whyte said, adding that some persons have been repeat beneficiaries and come back annually “just to make sure that there is actual improvement in some cases with their eyes.”
The VOSH Eye Care programme is delivered at various medical clinics throughout the country.