Stephen Lander (left) CIBC's Manager Retail Banking with Guy Lester

Stephen Lander (left) CIBC’s Manager Retail Banking with Guy Lester

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank presented a cheque for EC $6,000 to the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme on World
AIDS Day on December 1.

World Aids Day is observed on December 1st every year and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and seeks to eliminate stigma and discrimination against persons living with HIV and AIDS.

Mr. Lester Guye, Social worker at the National HIV Unit accepted the check on behalf of the National HIV/AIDS Response Unit.

The funds donated by CIBC FirstCaribbean will be used to assist persons in Dominica either infected or affected by HIV.

Alison Samuel, Co-ordinator of the programme explained the funds presented by the bank will be used to provide psychosocial support for those infected and affected by HIV.

This includes assistance in areas such as education and the purchase of medication.. She further explained that rigorous interviews and research was done in order to ensure the funds were allocated to those most in need.

The partnership between CIBC FirstCaribbean and the National HIV/AIDS Response Unit has been ongoing for over a decade, assisting numerous persons in Dominica.

“We at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank are happy to be able to provide continued support to the HIV & AIDS response programme,” said Rhona Lawrence, Business Support officer with bank.

Mr. Guye expressed his sincere gratitude for the support from CIBC First Caribbean, explaining the funds will go a very long way in assisting many persons.