Mark St. Hill, Managing Director, Retail and Business Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (left) makes a point as United Caribbean Trust (UCT) Head, Jenny Tryhane (centre) and Donna Wellington, Managing Director, Barbados Operating Company, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (right) look on during a press conference at their Warrens location.
FirstCaribbean donates Bds$25 000 to Haiti
Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:00am
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has donated BDS$25 000 to assist the citizens of Haiti, who recently suffered tremendous loss as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
Speaking to the media at their Warrens location, Donna Wellington, Managing Director, Barbados Operating Company, CIBC FirstCaribbean, said that the bank was happy to be helping out the people of Haiti.
“It is indeed our pleasure to be able to support this very worthy venture. As everyone knows, Haiti was very, very impacted with what happened with Hurricane Matthew and as you know, as one of our Caribbean nations and neighbours and as a country that has been through quite a bit in the last 10 years, it seems only reasonable that we should do our part,” she said.
Wellington added, “The other thing that we are clear about is that water purification is a real need right now. Cholera and those sorts of things – and those water borne diseases – are prevalent and on the news everyday, and so we certainly want to assist very directly in that regard.”
She said that they have supported this charity in the past after the earthquake took place in Haiti, and therefore they are confident that the funds donated will go where they are meant to go.
Mark St. Hill, Managing Director, Retail and Business Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean, noted that they do a lot of work to support causes in such areas as health, education, the environment and the youth, and as a regional banking institution it is only natural for them to respond to the need to help Haiti.
He said that a similar donation would be made to a charity in Kingston called Food for the Poor. St. Hill revealed that in the last 14 years they have donated approximately US$20 million across various initiatives – and this amounts to around $1.5 million on an annual basis – and this is because they believe in being socially responsible.