As part of its activities to commemorate the countryís 50th¬†independence anniversary, Standard Chartered Bank stormed the King Georgeís Home and donated food items to the old people therein.
The donated items include twenty bags of rice, five bags of sugar, five bags of onion, five gallons of cooking oil, five gallons of palm oil, six cartoons of tomato paste, and five crates of soft drinks.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank, Alex Kamara, said the venture was a continuation of the bankís successful partnership with the Home, noting that it was also in line with the countryís golden jubilee celebrations.
ďThe Board, Management and Staff of Standard Chartered Bank are here today to continue our friendship with residents of King Georgeís home,Ē Kamara said.
He used the forum to extend the bankís heartfelt condolence to the home over the death of the late Matron Genevieve Coker.
ďStandard Chartered Bank has a history of several years in Sierra Leone, and continues to remain an integral part of the countryís economy. We remain committed to assist our local communities, by helping to alleviate poverty, which truly demonstrates we are here for good,Ē he said.
He expressed delight that the bank was celebrating independence with its friends ďand I sincerely hope that our donation in partnership with our esteemed customers today will make real difference in the lives of the residents, just as activities we have undertaken in the King Georgeís Home during the last decadeĒ.
He highlighted some of the bankís intervention to the Home, which he said includes the construction of communal hall at the Home, construction of the homeís perimeter fence, and the annual staff visits to the Home.
ďStandard Chatteredís donations and assistance to similar community initiatives throughout Sierra Leone have indeed made a difference,Ē he pointed out.
Standard Chartered Bank, he continued, ďis here for good, here for the long run, here for progress and here for the people of Sierra LeoneĒ.
Receiving the donated goods, Chairperson Sierra Leone Society for the Welfare of the Aged, Madam Catherine M. Jones, expressed appreciation to the management and staff of the Standard Chartered Bank. She reiterated that the bank has always been at the forefront to honour and support residents of the home. She assured that the items would be used for their intended purposes.
She used the forum as an opportunity to announce that the Home would soon be relocated to Grafton in the outskirt of Freetown.
Customers that partnered with the bank to make the donation include Saad Group Ltd, Commodities Trading Company, Sierra Leone Bottling Company and Greenfield Farm.