Republic Bank gives to local Health and Social causes

A sustained national kidney transplant programme and enhanced capabilities of local pediatric nurses are among the key initiatives being supported by Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited’s ongoing investments in the areas of health, social development and education.

The Bank’s charitable contributions continued on Tuesday at the 2019-2020 presentation of its Power to Make a Difference (PMAD) Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative under the theme Creating Alternative Futures. Cheques were presented to six entities:

  • SickKids Caribbean
  • Jabez House
  • Transplant Links
  • The Diabetes Association of Barbados
  • Barbados Adventure Race
  • St. Ambrose Primary School

Speaking at Tuesday’s PMAD launch at the Warrens Branch, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of RBBL Anthony Clerk said, “In the area of Health we see opportunities for tremendous impact. We all know that health is our greatest wealth, therefore, we have remained committed to deepening our relationship with several health based initiatives and organizations doing critical, life-changing work.”

Through PMAD, the Bank is maintaining a five-year commitment of £26, 000 annually to support Transplant Links - a registered charity based in the United Kingdom - in its work with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to provide life-changing kidney transplants to Barbadian men, women and children experiencing kidney failure. With SickKids Caribbean, the Bank is funding targeted, enhanced training of pediatric nurses and health workers in areas such as Haematology and Oncology. Meanwhile, PMAD has pledged continued support of the Diabetes Association of Barbados, funding awareness and testing programmes across the island, additionally the Bank has supported to travel of youth Ambassador Mellissa Goodman and will for the third consecutive year suport Camp PRIDE a summer camp hosted by the Diabetes Association of Barbados for children living with type 1 diabetes ages 4 to 14. The Bank will also extend its sponsorship of the Barbados Adventure Race’s Corporate Challenge, with the aim of using friendly rivalry to encourage corporate Barbados to get teams involved in fitness and physical activities.

Beyond the area of health, the PMAD programme will also continue its work with Jabez House, supporting training programmes for women transitioning from sex work to safer means of employment.

In the area of education, the Bank has adopted city school, St. Ambrose Primary. Through PMAD, work is ongoing on the beautification and development of the school environs.

In thanking representatives from the various entities for their focus and dedication to the improvement of Barbadian lives, Mr. Clerk explained that the Bank saw the need to expand and strengthen its developmental role in the country.

“PMAD was actually born out of the idea that we are our brothers’ keepers. To focus solely on facilitating the banking needs of our customers would be to fall short of this ideal. If we are to be good corporate citizens, we must immerse ourselves in the business of “community” and “nation building”. We must use our resources and expertise, just like you do, to help address the social and developmental concerns of our people and our country,” he said.

March 4, 2020
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