To mark International Women’s Day (IWD) 2018, CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank donated to two institutions that support and empower women in the community.
The team visited the maternity ward at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital with care packages for their patients, which included much needed baby items like booties, baby cereal, new-born disposable diapers, baby gloves/mittens, baby rags, cot sheets and other toiletries, while the nurses received eight pairs of water boots needed during delivery. The bank also donated some small electrical appliances to the ward.
Grace Walters, the hospital’s administrator, thanked the bank for the donations: “On behalf of the patients and staff of the maternity ward, we sincerely appreciate the donations from CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank. Their generosity proves invaluable to those new mothers and their babies – to be able to start off on the right foot, while the donation to the nurses and to the maternity ward will improve the environment.”
The bank also donated a cheque to Our Lady of Guadalupe Home for Girls to purchase Poor Man’s dinner tickets, where all proceeds will help the Catholic-based establishment continue to help young women.
“It’s important that we support our communities and those most vulnerable within them. The Milton Cato Memorial Hospital also known as Kingstown General is a very busy institution with just over 200 beds that serve the entire island, so we thought it necessary to support the women who work very hard there to help those who enter their doors as well as focus on the new mothers as we laud and celebrate women,” said CIBC FirstCaribbean Human Resource Support Officer, Jacintha Hinds.
She added that the bank also wanted to support Our Lady of Guadalupe Home for Girls, because the institution seeks to provide safe housing and a nurturing environment for abused and socially-displaced teenaged girls.
“Our Lady of Guadalupe Home provides shelter, support and counsel to young women in crisis. So for IWD, it was imperative that we call to action this year’s theme #PressforProgress and that we motivate our communities to think and act toward gender progression by helping those who need it most to move forward despite their respective situations,” Hinds said.
Dr. Miriam Sheridan of the home, said they were grateful for the donation: “I am happy, and grateful for this donation by the bank because purchase of these tickets will raise much needed funds for the home and in turn the young ladies we support., I thank the bank very much for their generous contribution, and we hope they can continue to support us.”