Friday 19 July, 2019

Over $20,000 donated to Geriatric Hospital

Director, Corporate Banking CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Barrington Watson, third from left, presents a donation to Manager of the St. Michael District Hospital, Joanell Oxley-Worrell. Other members of the presentation party are from left, President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), who is also managing director of Abed Enterprises, Eddy Abed; the chamber’s Executive Director,  Carlos Wharton, and the hospital’s acting Principal Nursing Officer, Francine Watson.

Director, Corporate Banking CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Barrington Watson, third from left, presents a donation to Manager of the St. Michael District Hospital, Joanell Oxley-Worrell. Other members of the presentation party are from left, President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), who is also managing director of Abed Enterprises, Eddy Abed; the chamber’s Executive Director, Carlos Wharton, and the hospital’s acting Principal Nursing Officer, Francine Watson.

The lives of elderly residents and staff at the St. Michael District Hospital will very shortly be made more comfortable.

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank joined members of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) to greatly improve conditions for residents at the hospital.

The group donated over $20,000 to refurbish 30 bathrooms at the hospital, a gesture which Hospital Manager, Joanell Oxley-Worrell said will help “improve the delivery of health care services to the hospital’s elderly clients.”

“We, at the hospital, are therefore very appreciative of this substantial donation,” she said, as she thanked the donors.

The formal donation took place recently at the Barbados Hilton Hotel. Director, Corporate Banking at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Barrington Watson presented the cheque.

Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean, Donna Wellington, who was unable to attend the presentation, explained the bank’s reason for getting involved.

“We readily accepted the offer to be part of this worthwhile venture that helps to improve the quality of care to our senior citizens. Our donation demonstrates the bank’s appreciation for the contribution which they have made to the island’s development. They have formed the backbone of this country and we now need to ensure that they are comfortable in their twilight years.”

The outreach to the hospital resulted from a challenge issued by the chamber’s secretariat staff to members during Barbados’ 50th Independence Anniversary asking them to undertake a charitable event.

The Geriatric Hospital was identified as the recipient of their goodwill and members led by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank; SAGICOR and Abed Enterprises teamed up for the project.

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