Credit unions pre­pare for an­nual week of ac­tiv­i­ties

Jamaica Gleaner - - MARKET REPORTS -

THE IS­LAND’S credit unions are pre­par­ing to ob­serve an­other Credit Union Week from Oc­to­ber 16-22 this year. The theme of the up­com­ing ob­ser­vance is ‘Credit Unions: The Au­then­tic Dif­fer­ence’. The theme high­lights the seven co­op­er­a­tive prin­ci­ples on which are built the op­er­a­tions of credit unions.

The week will be­gin with a thanks­giv­ing ser­vice on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 16 at St Luke’s Church in Cross Roads, Kingston, at 7:30 a.m. This is the na­tional church ser­vice so parish credit unions will or­gan­ise church ser­vices in their com­mu­ni­ties. Credit union mem­bers, as well as staff and vol­un­teers of credit unions are in­vited to at­tend th­ese ser­vices.

COR­PO­RATE SO­CIAL AC­TIV­ITY

The week of ac­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue on the Tues­day and Wed­nes­day with Soup ’n’ Soap outreach ac­tiv­i­ties across the is­land. Credit union, will use th­ese two days to show care to the less for­tu­nate in their com­mu­ni­ties. Th­ese may be res­i­dents liv­ing in homes for the aged or in­fir­maries or wards of the state. They are ex­pected to re­ceive meals and care pack­ages.

In­ter­na­tional Credit Union (ICU) Day will be cel­e­brated on the Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 20. This is tra­di­tion­ally the third Thurs­day in the month of Oc­to­ber and this has been so since 1948. The day is recog­nised to re­flect upon the credit union move­ment’s his­tory and to pro­mote its achieve­ments. It is a day to hon­our those who have ded­i­cated their lives to the move­ment, recog­nise the hard work of those work­ing in the credit union in­dus­try and show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to mem­bers.

The ul­ti­mate goal is to raise aware­ness about the great work that credit unions are do­ing around the world and give mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to get more in­volved.

Lo­cally, the Ja­maica Co­op­er­a­tive Credit Union League on be­half of credit unions will cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Credit Union Day with a movie at the Carib Cin­ema in Cross Roads. Credit union mem­bers and po­ten­tial mem­bers will be able to win tick­ets to at­tend the movie. Th­ese give­aways will be­gin the week prior to and dur­ing Credit Union Week.

For more in­for­ma­tion on what mem­bers’ ap­pre­ci­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties your credit union will be en­gaged in for Credit Union Week, please see the sched­ule that will be pub­lished in The Gleaner on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 16.

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