On Friday April 23rd, the Rotary Club of St. Vincent teamed up with the St Vincent Co-operative Bank Limited/Penny Bank to help persons affected by the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.
The collaboration saw the Penny Bank handing over food supplies to the Rotary Club of St. Vincent’s Club Service Director and Past President Earl Tash.
The donation was made by the Penny Bank’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ruth Alves and the bank’s Marketing Consultant Juno De Roche.
“Our club is eternally grateful for these donations which we will donate to who are in need not only in shelters but in private homes also,” Tash commented.
He said the club has had many requests for supplies, not only water but toiletries, mattresses and cots.
“Literally everything people have been asking for,” he stressed while noting that his club has been at the forefront of helping persons over the years.
He added that this year, on August 5, the club will celebrate 50 years in SVG.
“So in as much as we have activities plan this is almost a precursor to the main event that we are celebrating our 50thanniversary.
“We thank this bank and many other corporate citizens and government institutions and sister clubs that have come to the rescue of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a time like this,” Tash added.
CFO Alves noted that when the volcano erupted, the bank felt the need to assist those most impacted.
“So we purchased items from local suppliers to assist persons in need and this is a continuous thing that we are going to do because we understand there is a long road to recovery and we are going to work along with the local groups,” Alves said while mentioning the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).
She said they also plan to adopt shelters while they have been reaching out to customers in the red zones to see how they can assist in any way possible.
Also commenting, De Roche stressed that the Penny Bank is committed to assisting persons most impacted by this disaster and they have been working tirelessly to get in touch with customers who through the bank, built their homes in what is now considered the red zones.
“So it will be continuous. As long as the need is there, we will do our part,” said De Roche. says it will do all in its power And, a donation of supplies to the Rotary Club of St. Vincent is just one of the moves made recently by the bank in their efforts to help those displaced by the natural disaster.
She added that the donation is part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility in this time of need.