First Global Bank labours in schools
With reggae music in the background, some 150 members of the First Global Bank (FGB) staff, parents and teachers made beautifying the Southborough Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine, a fun-filled exercise on Labour Day.
"Every year, we select one school from each parish where we operate, which comprise the 13 schools in FGB's Music, Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education Programme, to carry out our activities. This is in keeping with our mandate to strengthen our relationship with the schools," said Peter Lindo, FGB's head of marketing
Sporting 'Global Care' T-shirts, they set about the task. Lindo further explained: "Global Care is FGB's outreach arm, and this contingent demonstrates that FGB is committed to supporting the communities in which we do business."
Marketing communications officer at FGB, Sheraine Campbell, explained that the administrators at all 13 schools in music programme were asked to submit proposals for FGB to fund their Labour Day projects.
DAY OF PAINTING
"Southborough Primary and Villa Road Primary and Junior High in Mandeville requested repainting, which was a much easier exercise to be undertaken in a day. We actually started painting Southborough the Friday before Labour Day because it is quite a large facility," Campbell said.
Vice-president of treasury, Mark Anderson, described the large staff turnout as part of the spirit of GraceKennedy's 'we care' philosophy.
"Volunteerism plays a big part of what the company does. Giving back to the community is very dear to us."
In his response to the gesture, Southborough's principal, Carlyle Thompson, said "I am overwhelmed. If it wasn't for First Global Bank, this project wouldn't be a success. We are always faced with limited resources. We never expected support of this magnitude. We celebrated when we heard that FGB had chosen our school. We are truly grateful," Thompson stated.
The Ministry of Education, through its senior education officer, Marlon Williams, said, "The Ministry thanks First Global Bank for their continued partnership in supporting the Jamaican education system. Their music programme is really creating a huge impact on the students' development."