The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry on Tuesday hosted their annual donation and 2018 calendar launch at their Corporate office in Kingston.
Every year the bank gives back to 10 Non-Governmental Organisations. Each organisation receives a monetary donation. These are organisations that help the poor and the vulnerable throughout the year. The 10 organisations that received donations this year are, Uncle Eddie’s Home, The Salvation Army, Dharm Shala Benevolent Home, Help and Shelter, Artistes in Direct Support, Guyana Red Cross Society, Guyana Society for the Blind, Guyana Relief Council, Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Food for the Poor.
After receiving their donations, the Public Relations Manager of Food for the Poor, Wayne Hamilton expressed gratitude to the bank for their continuing support. He stated that Food for the Poor has contributed significantly to the wellbeing of the people of Guyana over their approximately 26 years of service. He then assured the representatives of the bank that 95% of the donations will be used to help the poor and poorest of this country.
The bank also presented prizes to the seven winners of their annual Calendar Art Competition which was under the theme “Saving: The key to a brighter future”. This year the competition received 127 entries of art pieces from all across the country. The seven winners were,
16-year-old Rasheed Franklin of Christ Church Secondary,
10-year-old Azalyah Exeter of Marian Academy,
16-year-old Noel Sukhai of Anna Regina Multilateral,
16-year-old Omawattie Ramnarain of St Joseph High School,
10-year-old Rena Marshall of Kamarang Primary School,
9-year-old Siddarth Ramessar of Ermsville Primary School and
13-year-old Aaron Gangadeen of Skeldon Line Path Secondary School, this is Gangadeen’s second time as a winner in the GBTI calendar art competition.
Pamela Binda, Public Relations Manager stated that the band decided to keep the theme close to home this year with the key word being savings as the bank realizes the value of teaching children to save at an early age. “We at GBTI feel that saving is a habit that must be inculcated by children so that it becomes automatic as they enter the world of work and adulthood and see savings as an essential skill acquired for balancing life and finances.”