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Baboolal in Plum Mitan, Biche.
It was an especially emotional time
for the homeowners and their families
as the finishing touches made the
reality of owning their own homes
that much more tangible.
A teary-eyed Josanne, joined by her
ten-year-old daughter Brianna,
expressed their thanks during a short
dedication ceremony following the
completion of the painting: "I ve been
trying for years now to achieve the
dream of owning a house and I have
to thank Habitat and bpTT for making
that dream come true.
"I can t even explain what it felt
like having all these volunteers work
alongside us today. There was laughter
and energy and purpose, and I felt so
blessed knowing that this was all for
my daughter and I.
"You all have shown that this is a
Day of Caring and my daughter and
I thank all of you from the bottom of
our hearts; not for just painting a
house but helping to finish our beau-
It was a deeply rewarding experi-
ence for the volunteers comprising
past and present bpTT employees and
their families, staff of the Mayaro
Resource Centre, Brighter Prospects
scholarship recipients and represen-
tatives of non-governmental organ-
isations from across the south-eastern
Former bpTT employee Brian
Mohammed, who has been retired for
seven years, found it a privilege to join
with four other retirees who took part
in bpTT s Day of Caring activities in
"Around three years ago we formed
a group of bpTT retirees and our mis-
sion is to give back to society. Today
was a rewarding experience and it felt
great to work alongside my longtime
co-workers in making a difference for
this family. It feels good to still be a
part of the work that bpTT does to
positively impact the lives of everyone
in our country and I look forward to
future projects like this."
During the dedication ceremonies
at both sites, each family was formally
presented with the keys to their homes
in addition to planting a fruit tree on
site to commemorate the event.
RBC recently donated $100,000
to Vitas House, continuing its sup-
port for the hospice, and the
invaluable service it provides to
terminally ill cancer patients.
The hospice provides care and
comfort to cancer patients who
have exhausted medical resources
and have a life expectancy of six
months or less. It is a 12 bed facility
that offers 24-hour medical and
nursing care, seven days a week.
The donation to the hospice was
made by the Royal Bank Education
Foundation, established in 1977 to
provide meaningful support to
communities where we live and
In 2012, Vitas House dedicated
one of its rooms to the Foundation
in honour of the partnership.
Chairman of the Foundation,
Simone Edwards said the bank
believes there is immense social
value in equipping organisations
that are dedicated to serving vul-
nerable communities, a release said.
"Vitas House offers their services
to the terminally ill who are in dire
need of professional care and they
continue to ensure that their
patients are treated with the dignity
they deserve. The care they provide
for those left vulnerable by cancer
and their loved ones is essential.
We are truly inspired by their com-
mitment," Edwards said.
The Bank is dedicated to assisting
in the fight against this dreaded
disease and in 2009, established
the RBC Caribbean Children s Can-
The fund assists cancer patients
16 years old and under, in any
region in the Caribbean where RBC
and RBTT operate.
Over the years the fund has paid
out approximately $3.4 million to
aid in the diagnoses and for the
treatment of 36 children from
Grenada, Jamaica, the Bahamas,
Dominica and T&T.
RBC supports a broad range of
community initiatives through
donations, sponsorships and
employee volunteer activities.
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RBC donates to help care for cancer patients
Vitas House general manager Lilia Mootoo, left, and RBC Royal Bank St James manager Emily Ramoutar, right,
look on as Catherine Burkett, management committee member of the Royal Bank Education Foundation and
RBC Royal Bank San Juan branch manager, second from left, presents the $100,000 donation to Vitas House
medical director and chairman Dr Jacqueline Sabga.
Parents or guardians of
children 16 years and under,
who are diagnosed with
cancer and reside in the
countries where RBC and
RBTT operate, are
encouraged to apply for
assistance using the link:
Homeowners express gratitude
Norman Christie, Regional President,
bpTT, works alongside homeowner
Josanne Raymond in putting the
finished touches to her home in Peter
Hill, Mayaro as part of the energy
company's involvement in United
Way's Day of Caring activities.
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