For decades Republic Bank has been engaged in making a difference in communities throughout Grenada. Our philanthropic programmes have been focused on developing the skills, talent and intellectual prowess of the people of Grenada and the Caribbean archipelago. Through our support of community outreach programmes, sport, culture, poverty alleviation, education and entrepreneurship we have continued to partner with individuals and groups in the communities in which we operate to promote self-sufficiency, development and hope for the future.
With the Carnival 2007 season heating up, pan favourite Republic Bank Angel Harps Steel Orchestra are busy priming for this year’s competition and backed by a $35,000 sponsorship from Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited, they are one step closer to securing the top title.
During a rehearsal session at the steel orchestra’s base in Tanteen, St. George’s on Monday July 9, Republic Bank, Acting Human Resources Manager, Mc Kie Griffith presented the Bank’s contribution to the band.
Keeping the festivities light, yet active, the Angel Harps then regaled the audience, which included Republic Bank staff, as well as supporters with a lively performance of “Energy,”
“Energy”, composed by Andy Chichester with arrangement by Dickson Frank and Gerry Tamar, will also be performed by the junior Harpers at Kiddies Carnival 2007. The senior band will play the James Clarkson composition “Rage.”
Nine time Panorama champions, the Republic Bank Angel Harps have been sponsored by the Bank since 1982 and have competed in the National Panorama Competition every year since 1983 and the Junior Panorama Competition since 1992.
Republic Bank and the Angel Harps have been able to play a vital role in youth development – both in the community and in several schools in the St. George’s area – through the orchestra’s annual Learners Programme, which has been in existence since 1989.
The T.A. Marryshow Community College, Grenada School of Nursing and the St. Louis RC Girls School have all benefited from their association with the Republic Bank Angel Harps.
Republic Bank’s support of Carnival 2K7 comes in major part through its corporate social responsibility initiative, Power to Make a Difference, a programme aimed at cultural preservation, sustainable development, and youth empowerment.
St. George’s, Grenada, February 6, 2007: Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited has announced the three new beneficiaries under its Power to Make A Difference Programme. The presentations were made at the launch of the second phase of the Bank’s community outreach programme at Republic House, Grand Anse, St. George on Wednesday 31st January, 2007.
The ceremony was attended by Lady Gloria Williams, Government Officials, representatives from NGO’s and Members of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of the Bank.
In addressing the guests, Edwin Gooding, Senior General Manager of Republic Bank shared the view that “we must continue to work together to ensure that every citizen in this country and region is given the quality of life that he or she deserves”.
A presentation of $316,000 was made to the Dorothy Hopkin Home for the Disabled, Tempe, St. George towards the construction of a new wing to provide housing and care for sixteen additional children; a doctor’s office, and a recreation room.
In the second project, Republic Bank is collaborating with the Government of Grenada by contributing $250,000 towards the construction of a new two-story wing that will house 6 new rooms, a sick bay, doctor’s office, laundry room, a conference room and new amenities for some of the staff of the Cadrona Home for the Aged.
The third recipient, Bishop’s College in Hillsborough, Carriacou received $EC 121,000 toward the construction of a new technical classroom.
In making the announcements of the three new projects, Mrs. Donna Lander, General Manager Operations reiterated the Bank’s support for the community under its Power to Make A Difference Programme.
In delivering the feature address, Lady Gloria Williams explained, “while there is more power in numbers, any individual can make a difference if only you have a desire to help, a desire that comes from love for people”.
The guests were entertained by Violinist Hamish Daniel accompanied by Phil Beaman engaging performance of Violin Concerto 2nd Movement by Haydn and a spirited rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” by the Republic Bank Staff Choir.
The Power to Make A Difference Programme was launched in Grenada in 2004, to more meaningfully impact the needs of the youth, aged and the less fortunate in our communities. Some of the institutions who have benefited from the programme are The Hill View Home for the Aged, St. Andrew’s School for Special Education, Westmorland School and Presentation Brothers’ College.