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Scotiabank does random acts of kindness

Published:Thursday | October 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Norman Scott (right), manager Scotiabank Port Antonio branch, tries out a wheelchair as he makes the presentation to Sister Lelete Holson-Patterson, acting director of nursing services at the Port Antonio Hospital.
Contributed Photo This Scotia Volunteer assists this little girl to pose with the Random Act of Kindness ice cream 'cone'.
Contributed Photo Viveen Esmie (right), screams in surprise when Lenworth Sutherland (left), Scotiabank May Pen branch manager hands her a $10,000 gift voucher towards her groceries. She said it was the first time in her life that she had won anything.
Contributed Photo Recipients of free bus rides from Barnett Street in Montego Bay pose with their Random Acts Of Kindness Card.
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More than 1,000 persons across the island experienced a random act of kindness from Scotiabank as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations. These include free bus rides, Devon House ice cream treats, free groceries, vouchers for free gas, and free phone credit.

"It's a different take on our celebrations," said Monique Todd, vice-president of

marketing, public and corporate affairs.

"We wanted to celebrate this milestone with as many Jamaicans as possible and the best way to do that was through random acts of kindness."

The initiative began on August 24, the actual birthday of the bank, when customers at Devon House received $125,000 worth of ice cream and chocolates from Chocolate Dreams in a party atmosphere.

Similarly, more than 800 persons received free bus rides to their destinations from the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre. This was repeated in Montego Bay when some 400 persons had their fares paid by the bank to as far as Falmouth. Scotiabank also surprised

grocery shoppers at supermarkets around the island, motorists got free gas at

service stations, and customers in the branches got free cell-phone credit.