Staff come together to help the Southern Islands
Nassau, Bahamas – CIBC FirstCaribbean staff across the country have joined together to donate three palettes of much needed supplies to the National Emergency Management Agency’s Hurricane Joaquin Relief efforts.
“We were moved by the tragedy that happened in the Southern Islands after Hurricane Joaquin and wanted to support in whatever way we could,” said CIBC FirstCaribbean Director of Human Resources Antionette Turnquest. “This was a collective effort; our branches and staff members really took this to heart and were passionate in their drive to provide supplies to the residents of the stricken islands.”
She continued, “We hope that the canned foods, cleaning supplies, and cases of water we have donated will help to bring a little relief and hope to those who have lost so much. After all, this is our country and our people regardless of whether we have branches in those islands.”
Four Representatives from CIBC FirstCaribbean branches and units presented the supplies to Richard McCombe, Senior Manager of Operations & Facilities at Arawak Port Development Company, and Don Gray, Director of Logistics at the Ministry of Finance, who are facilitating the logistics and transportation of the supplies.
Richard McCombe, said, “As the disaster turns from an emergency to helping people survive comfortably we get into a rebuilding phase and the question becomes what do people need most, like water, food supplies, building materials, and tarps. These donations from CIBC FirstCaribbean may go out to the islands within two days, as we help the islands not just rebuild their homes, but rebuild industry and their livelihoods. We are constantly assessing and evaluating the needs of the islands affected and we are putting these donations to good use.”