Thursday 23 May, 2019

CIBC, customers donate to Jamaica Environment Trust

JET Programme Director, Tamoy Singh Clarke (2nd right) accepts a cheque from CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Managing Director Nigel Holness (right). The Bank’s Chief Financial Officer, Lancelot Leslie (left) and JET Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Stanley witness the presentation.

JET Programme Director, Tamoy Singh Clarke (2nd right) accepts a cheque from CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Managing Director Nigel Holness (right). The Bank’s Chief Financial Officer, Lancelot Leslie (left) and JET Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Stanley witness the presentation.

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has again signaled its support for the work of environmental agency the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), providing $500,000 in support of their flagship environmental education initiative “School’s Environmental Programme” (SEP), plus $60,500 from bank customers who recently opted to donate to JET, rewards points earned by using their credit cards for purchases.

The bank is one of the longest-serving corporate sponsors of the SEP, which begun in 1997 and which has delivered programmes in 350 Jamaican schools with an estimated reach of over 300 students and 600 teachers.

Nigel Holness, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, said “the bank is extremely pleased with JET’s environmental stewardship and their efforts to educate the Jamaican population on the benefits of protecting and preserving the natural environment. Each year we grow more impressed at the keen participation of the schools and their thoughtful projects and presentations. This is why we have had no hesitation over the past 21 years in supporting the SEP”.

Holness also commended the bank’s customers who on the invitation of the bank, donated their rewards points to three local organizations - JET, Missionaries of the Poor and the Salvation Army.  The bank’s VISA Rewards Gold and VISA Bizline cards give customers the option to earn rewards on travel and merchandise, receive a one per cent cashback or give back to a charity.

CEO of JET Suzanne Stanley thanked the bank for their “continuous investment in the environment which has helped to strengthen the SEP”.

Stanley said that this year,  popular JET programmes like “ Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica” will be joined by others like “Better Beaches For Jamaicans” - a combination of advocacy and education aimed at improving beach management and mutual respect among Beach users.

JET will also be supporting activities related to the Cockpit Country with a public education programme designed to remind Jamaicans about the importance of the Cockpit Country and the preservation of its natural resources.

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