IN pursuit of fundraising targets towards a wide range of social support and community development projects, the Rotary Club of Gros Islet hosted its 26th Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday February 02 at the Saint Lucia Gold and Country Club.
A tournament partner of sixteen years, CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank again signed on as Gold Sponsor.
Over the course of twenty-six years, the Rotary Charity Golf Tournament has raised in excess of $1.5 million dollars which has been used to fund a diverse range of projects with great impact on school children, the differently able, public heath, micro-enterprise and small business and youth at risk.
Through the installation of a 150,000 gallon water tank, proceeds from the tournament facilitated the provision of pipe-borne water to Plateau Babonneau. The special needs and youth-at-risk communities have benefited from the procurement and installation of specialized playground and wheelchair support at Child Development & Guidance Centre, remedial help and support for kindergarteners and students of the Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education. Support to the public education system to date includes school feeding programs, preventative dental care for primary school children, CPR training for primary and secondary school teachers. Farmer assistance through the micro-lending programme are also among projects funded through the tournament.
As Gold sponsor, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s contribution towards the fundraising target was XCD$5000. The bank is also fielding a three-person team composed of Tim Mangal, Keith Woodhouse and Carol Mangal..
At the press launch for the 2019 Charity Tournament on Tuesday January 29th, Mrs. Smerna Pompelis – Kangal Branch Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean, acknowledged the Rotary Club’s continuing impact “in critical areas and in ways which achieve the kind of transformation that the bank pursues through our corporate social responsibility programme”, She said, reaffirming the bank’s commitment to supporting the tournament “and contributing to the enrichment of lives and communities”.