St Ann school gets help from First Global Bank

Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGES -

LO­CATED IN THE hills of Parry Town, near Ocho Rios, St Ann, is Parry Town Pri­mary School. The school, like the com­mu­nity, is one of those ru­ral places that could eas­ily be for­got­ten if you pre­fer not to know the off-beaten tracks.

But First Global Bank (FGB) and their Global Cares Foun­da­tion arm, in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion are mak­ing an ef­fort to touch the lives of the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion in a mean­ing­ful way.

Re­cently, a large staff con­tin­gent from the bank and se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the min­istry braved heavy rain­fall and slip­pery road sur­facesto jour­ney from Kingston to Parry Town to give the en­tire school pop­u­la­tion a full day’s treat.

Teach­ers and stu­dents wel­comed their guests as they basked in var­i­ous fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day.

First Global Bank and Global Cares pro­vided lunch, re­fresh­ments and gifts for each of the 500 stu­dents.

“We have re­ceived gifts from other com­pa­nies in the past, but we have never been treated at the level where First Global Bank/Global Cares en­sures that ev­ery child is sin­gled out and treated,” said prin­ci­pal Ta­mara Wil­mot-Buchanan, prin­ci­pal. “This is amaz­ing, we are grate­ful,” she said.

FGB’s head of mar­ket­ing and cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Peter Lindo, said Global Cares was so named by a mem­ber of staff; it’s the bank’s of­fi­cial giv­ing pro­gramme.

“It gives staff the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to the pro­gramme. We wanted to es­tab­lish an um­brella un­der which all of FGB’s giv­ing ac­tiv­i­ties would fall, hence the birth of Global Cares. It is a great way to get staff en­gaged,” Lindo as­serts.

Global Cares has also pro­vided the school with 10 new toi­let fix­tures for the bath­room stalls and has fur­nished the spe­cial­needs unit with a fan and a flatscreen TV for gen­eral teacher/stu­dent pop­u­la­tion.

This is just one of the ways they show how much they care about our chil­dren and ed­u­ca­tion. I’m happy that they have launched Global Cares, which is be­ing ex­hib­ited at Parry Town. It is over­whelm­ing,” Buchanan stated.

Mean­time, dance­hall artiste, Jef­frey ‘Agent Sasco’ Camp­bell, an am­bas­sador for the FGB/MOEYI Mu­sic Pro­gramme, pro­vided a rounded en­ter­tain­ment pack­age for the stu­dents who sang a num­ber of his songs with him, such as Money Time and Day in Day Out.

“I am happy to have shared in this oc­ca­sion”, Camp­bell noted.

Global Cares was es­tab­lished in April 2016 to stream­line the phil­an­thropic ef­forts of FGB and bring more fo­cus and struc­ture to ‘giv­ing back’ to the Ja­maican so­ci­ety through con­tri­bu­tions of money, time, tal­ent and ser­vices.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

A group of stu­dents from the Parry Town Pri­mary and In­fant School in St Ann are seen with staff mem­bers of First Global Bank and dance­hall en­ter­tainer Jef­fery ‘Agent Sasco’ Camp­bell, dur­ing a re­cent Global Cares treat for the stu­dents.

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