"9TH PUMP IT UP! PRESS LAUNCH"
St. George -- The Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited's 9th annual Pump it Up! Family Fun Walk, which will be held in Carriacou on April 2, 2017 and in Grenada on April 23, 2017, has been launched.
In 2016, Co-op Bank decided to change its focus to concentrate its charitable efforts on one major sustainable initiative under the Pump it Up! brand. Recognising the impact of alcoholism on our population, the Bank announced that for the years 2017-2021, there will be collaboration with corporate Grenada toward the re-establishment of the rehabilitation centre for substance abusers, formally known as the Carlton Home.
During the launch, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed among Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited, Jonas Browne & Hubbard (G'da) Ltd, Guardian General Insurance (OECS) Limited and Cable and Wireless Grenada Ltd to join efforts toward the initiative. Each benefactor expressed their enthusiasm and support, recognizing the impact of substance abuse on Grenada's economy.
Under the MOU, the agreement is that a Trust Fund will be created and kept by Co-op Bank, and all funds collected towards the re-establishment of the Carlton Home shall be placed into the fund. Mr. Richard Duncan, Managing Director of Co-op Bank indicated that at the end of 5 years these collaborations should raise approximately EC $500,000.00 toward the re-establishment of the Carlton Home, and encouraged even more corporate citizens to come on board.
Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sonia Nixon, highlighted the statistics relating to alcoholism in Grenada compared to the rest of the region, and expressed the necessity of the Carlton Home as a place where persons can be rehabilitated. She advised that the new Carlton Home, previously destroyed by fire in 2005, will be housed in the old nurses' hostel at the Princess Alice Hospital in Mirabeau, St. Andrew.
Since 2009, a different health related charity has benefited from the proceeds of the Pump it Up! Family Fun walk, such as the Grenada Heart Foundation, Grenada Diabetes Association, Grenada Kidney Foundation, Sickle Cell Association of Grenada, Grenada Cancer Society, Pink Ribbon Society and Lupus Foundation of Grenada. As the Bank celebrates its 9th walk, it remains committed to promoting vibrant and physically active lifestyles, encouraging preventative approaches to health issues and making available to the public information concerning health matters as part of its Healthier Lifestyles Programme.