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CIBC First-Caribbean has adopted the Pe­di­atric Ward of the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal as part of its 2014 Adopt-a-Cause Pro­gramme. The pro­gramme has over the years con­trib­uted to­wards the work of a num­ber of lo­cal com­mu­nity groups that add value to the lives of the el­derly and youth on is­land. The an­nual Adopt-a-Cause Pro­gramme is a com­mu­nity-fo­cused pro­gramme spear­headed by the bank’s em­ploy­ees, who iden­tify and se­lect or­gan­i­sa­tions within their com­mu­ni­ties that can ben­e­fit from a help­ing hand. The pro­gramme high­lights CIBC First-Caribbean’s com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing and en­rich­ing the lives of mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties. It brings the in­sti­tu­tion’s staff to­gether to make a pos­i­tive im­pact through hand­son in­volve­ment in wor­thy fam­ily and com­mu­nity level ini­tia­tives.

One dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing fac­tor of this cam­paign is that CIBC First-Caribbean staff mem­bers come to­gether and se­lect projects that they them­selves are pas­sion­ate about and that they deem wor­thy within their com­mu­ni­ties. Tra­di­tion­ally, the bank’s branches each se­lect a cause to cham­pion, and in pre­vi­ous years th­ese have ranged from re­fur­bish­ing a num­ber of pri­mary and sec­ondary schools for the new school year to as­sist­ing com­mu­nity out­reach groups like The Sal­va­tion Army, Na­tional Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, Na­tional Coun­cil of and for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties and the Gros Islet Soup Kitchen in meet­ing the needs of per­sons within their var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties.

This year CIBC First-Caribbean em­ploy­ees de­cided to pool re­sources and fo­cus on spruc­ing up the Pe­di­atric Ward of the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal. Restora­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded re­place­ment of the roof, re­place­ment of bro­ken tiles and lou­vres, re­fur­bish­ing of beds and cra­dles as well as resur­fac­ing of bed­side ta­bles.

A num­ber of em­ploy­ees armed with paints, brushes and pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes gath­ered at the hos­pi­tal and over a num­ber of hours trans­formed the Pe­di­atric Ward into a bright and colour­ful area per­fect for en­gag­ing and cap­ti­vat­ing the at­ten­tion of chil­dren. In ad­di­tion to adding a splash of colour, two em­ploy­ees cre­ated an al­lur­ing mu­ral de­pict­ing a lush tran­quil scene.

Other fin­ish­ing touches in­cluded a toy drive, paint­ing of colour­ful seat­ing/stor­age boxes, pro­vi­sion of cur­tains and bed linens and in­stal­la­tion of ceil­ing and stand­ing fans, with a to­tal cost of the en­tire restora­tion project at $14,000.

Speak­ing on the suc­cess of the Adopt-a-Cause Pro­gramme, Coun­try Man­ager, Ladesa James-Wil­liams, noted: “The com­mu­ni­ties to the south of the is­land are fiercely loyal to CIBC First-Caribbean and so this year our em­ploy­ees were ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence at the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal, par­tic­u­larly know­ing that the im­prove­ments would be en­joyed by the chil­dren and fam­i­lies within the com­mu­nity. Our aim for this year’s Adopt-a-Cause Pro­gramme was to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment in the pe­di­atric ward that is both invit­ing and com­fort­able and a cheer­ful space that en­cour­ages pos­i­tive health. We thank the staff of the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal who wel­comed us through their doors and fa­cil­i­tated our Adopt-a-Cause Project, an ex­pres­sion of our Brand Prom­ise of be­ing “First for Com­mu­ni­ties”.

The First Caribbean team gave some much needed as­sis­tance to the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal as part of the Adopt-a-Cause Pro­gramme.

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