Telecommunications firm, LIME, demonstrated its support for the work of the St Patrick's Foundation, with its donation of $100,000 towards the charity's continued operations.
The foundation, recipient of the 2012 NCB Impact Award for its service to inner-city communities, acquired the funds for topping in that category.
LIME is a key sponsor of the annual event which celebrates small and medium-sized businesses that demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial performance and strong community involvement and impact.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony last Wednesday, at The Atrium, NCB's head office in New Kingston, LIME's Vice-president for Corporate and SME Sales Edward Gabbidon said, "We recognise the benevolent impact of charitable organisations in the vulnerable communities they serve. As LIME moves to improve the lives of Jamaicans from a technology standpoint, so too do we feel the need to support the less fortunate among us by supporting the organisations that reach them."
NCB also presented the Foundation with an additional $100,000 for emerging winners in the Impact Award category which recognises a non-for-profit organisation or individual who has undertaken a project or initiative that has positively impacted the lives of others during the period under consideration.
In expressing thanks to LIME and NCB, Sandra Passmore-Brown, director of development and fund-raising at St Patrick's Foundation, said the contribution will go a far way to supplement the daily overheads associated with running the organisation.
She explained that the Foundation is restricted in its use of much of the project-based funding from local and overseas donors for the purposes of paying administrative expenses.
The Foundation provides human resource development skills training in woodwork, food preparation and electrical installation to mainly persons in low-income communities. It also operates feeding and accommodation programmes for the elderly.
LIME will continue to form meaningful alliances with organisations like NCB that support philanthropic endeavours that contribute positively to national development.
Full Caption: Even effort, from left: Bernadette Barrow, NCB VP SME; Marcia McLeod, general manager, St Patrick's Foundation; Sandra Passmore-Rowe, director of development and fund-raising; Venis Williamson, LIME Jamaica's head of SME business, and Edward Gabbidon, LIME Jamaica's VP corporate and SME sales - all seem to agree that it's the cheque amount and not its size that matters. The collective donation will go towards defraying the foundation's cost of delivering services to the poor, elderly and unskilled at its four centres across the country. - Contributed