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BDS | Jul 9, 2024

CIBC Caribbean to donate towards restoration efforts in islands affected by Hurricane Beryl

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A vehicle drives through a flooded road in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, in Bridgetown, Barbados, July 1, 2024, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video. (Photo: Instagram/ @alanburke__/via REUTERS)

CIBC Caribbean has joined its parent company, CIBC, in making an initial donation of US$100,000 through its ComTrust Foundation to support hurricane relief efforts in islands impacted by Hurricane Beryl.

The funds will go towards restoration efforts in Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica, as well as to assist affected fishermen in Barbados.

“The devastation caused by Hurricane Beryl has seen near complete destruction of some communities and thousands of people across the region are in urgent need of assistance,” said Mark St. Hill, chief executive of CIBC Caribbean and chairman of the ComTrust Foundation. 

Mark St Hill, CEO of CIBC Caribbean. (Photo: Contributed)

“We stand with our team members and affected communities in the Caribbean as they navigate these difficult circumstances and join our clients in supporting immediate recovery efforts.” St. Hill added: “Not so long ago, Grenada and St. Vincent were members of our network; we employed several dozen people there and in fact, we still have some Vincentians and Grenadians on our team, so we feel their loss keenly; though we have moved away, we are still family.”

“With that in mind, we will be making a donation to the recovery efforts in the Grenadines through our ComTrust Foundation and the Barbados Red Cross, which has been in contact with the Red Cross offices in St. Vincent and Grenada.”

Palm trees are shaken by the wind and rain as Hurricane Beryl hits the southern coast of the island, in Kingston, Jamaica, July 3, 2024. (Photo: REUTERS/Marco Bello)

The bank will also donate funds to the restoration effort in Jamaica through the Salvation Army and Food for the Poor, an international relief agency. Additionally, CIBC Caribbean will donate to the relief fund set up in Barbados for the fisherfolk who lost their boats during Beryl.

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