The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

It was an ec­static group from the Holy Fam­ily Chil­dren’s Home in Ciceron who were on hand to re­ceive a sub­stan­tial ar­ray of items from CIBC First Caribbean.

The do­na­tion comes as part of the bank’s Adopt-A-Cause pro­gramme for 2017. The pro­gramme en­ables CIBC First-Caribbean to ex­press the prom­ise of part­ner­ing with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Projects are not se­lected ar­bi­trar­ily, but rather, em­ploy­ees come to­gether and se­lect projects that they are pas­sion­ate about.

Founded in 1997, the Holy Fam­ily Chil­dren’s Home cares for chil­dren who are or­phaned, abused, aban­doned or ne­glected. The home pro­vides a safe refuge and se­cure, lov­ing set­ting for chil­dren, while pro­vi­sions are made for long-term care within a suit­able fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment. The home thrives on sup­port and do­na­tions both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Holy Fam­ily Chil­dren’s Home, Sis­ter An­to­nia David, in­di­cated that there are eight chil­dren cur­rently re­sid­ing in the home. In ad­di­tion to the need for ev­ery­day food and sup­plies, Sis­ter David men­tioned that vol­un­teers are sought to spend time with the chil­dren, en­gag­ing them with read­ing and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

Rep­re­sent­ing the bank was its Busi­ness Sup­port Of­fi­cer, Tia Henry, and Coun­try Man­ager Ladesa James-Williams who com­mended the home which “so tan­gi­bly re­sponds to the ur­gent needs of the vul­ner­a­ble youth and those who need to know that they have a safe place to call home. Be­cause we see the value of this home as a safe sanc­tu­ary for chil­dren in the com­mu­nity, we make this con­tri­bu­tion to­day, but do so with the in­ten­tion of mak­ing this an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with more sup­port and ad­vo­cacy in the fu­ture.”

Sis­ter An­to­nia David flanked by CIBC rep­re­sen­ta­tives Tia Henry (left) and Ladesa James-Williams (right).

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