WILLEMSTAD – Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean moved to assist countries across the region to purchase much-needed COVID – 19 testing kits and essential equipment to assist communities in the region in the fight and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bank, through its charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, donated a total of USD$250,000 toward the purchase of the kits and hard needed equipment in the countries across its regional footprint. The bank made the donation through its various operating companies across the Caribbean. CIBC FirstCaribbbean in Curaçao realized a donation in the form of much needed essential equipment to Curaçao Medical Center (CMC.) for a total amount of ANG 10,000.
“We recognize the essential role of frontline medical professionals in maintaining a strong healthcare system. In hospitals, clinics, and homes around Curaçao, these individuals unwaveringly continue to care for patients,” said Country Head of the bank in Curaçao Mr. Edward Pietersz.
The donation is in line with the bank’s effort to contribute to the relief to communities where the bank operates and the bank’s clients in particular.
The recent ANG 10,000 purchase follows prior efforts made by CIBC FirstCaribbean in its commitment to assist the community. The bank, through its charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, recently donated funds to different organizations to assist them with their feeding programs as both organizations see an increase in need for food and other essential items.
Mr. Pietersz also noted that many of the bank’s staff have chosen to make personal donations to the various relief programs and thanked them for their generosity.
“Our employees are known for their calm and professional response, particularly in a crisis. We thank them for their generosity and commitment to continuing to provide service to our clients in these most unusual of circumstances.”
CIBC FirstCaribbean has a staff of approximately 3,000 across 16 Caribbean countries.