The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony held this week, of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Health and Soufriere Hos­pi­tal ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for restora­tion ef­forts of CIBC FirstCaribbean as part of the bank’s an­nual Adopt-a-Cause Pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme saw the ren­o­va­tion of the pae­di­atric ward of the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal which in­cluded the re­place­ment of the roof, bro­ken floor tiles and lou­vers, re­fur­bish­ing of beds and cra­dles as well as resur­fac­ing of bed­side ta­bles, paint­ing of a mu­ral, a toy drive, paint­ing of colour­ful seat­ing / stor­age boxes, pro­vi­sion of cur­tains and bed linens and in­stal­la­tion of ceil­ing and stand­ing fans.

Elda Michel, Deputy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Health, ex­pressed the Min­istry’s grat­i­tude to CIBC FirstCaribbean, stat­ing, “On be­half of the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of St. Lu­cia, and specif­i­cally on be­half of the peo­ple of Soufriere, the Min­istry of Health, Well­ness, Hu­man Ser­vices and Gen­der Re­la­tions would like to ex­press deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the man­age­ment and staff of CIBC FirstCaribbean for un­der­tak­ing this project.”

Nurse Payne, Head Nurse of the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal, stressed the im­por­tance of the pro­gramme’s ac­tiv­i­ties stat­ing, “This has been long awaited. The ward has been in a de­plorable state for a while and as we can see this is a great im­prove­ment to what we had be­fore.”

Speak­ing dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Ian Nathaniel, stated, “Over the years, Adopt-a-Cause has con­trib­uted to­wards the work of a num­ber of lo­cal com­mu­nity groups that add value to the lives of el­derly and youth on-is­land. The Adopt-a-Cause Pro­gramme is an an­nual com­mu­nity-fo­cused pro­gramme spear­headed by our em­ploy­ees, who iden­tify and se­lect or­gan­i­sa­tions within their com­mu­ni­ties that can ben­e­fit from a help­ing hand. This year we pooled our re­sources to­gether to fo­cus on en­hanc­ing the Pae­di­atric Ward of the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal. A to­tal in ex­cess of EC$14,000 went into restora­tion ac­ti­vates and sup­plies for this project. We are thrilled that out­side of our core op­er­a­tion, as a cor­po­rate en­tity the name of CIBC FirstCaribbean has be­come syn­ony­mous in Saint Lu­cia with hu­man em­pow­er­ment, cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture and tra­di­tion and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment - through such pro­grammes as Adopt-A-Cause. In­deed, we are bankers, but we are also our brother’s keeper.”

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