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We’re all in!

For the employees of Summit International Bank, the Alzheimer’s Association’s cause is one they feel deeply.

And as the staff yesterday presented President of the BAA, Pamelia Brereton, with a third container of cents towards the drive to establish a centre for suffers, they noted their belief in the cause of the association.

Employee Neisha Maynard said the cent collection began when former temporary worker Simone Sobers alerted them of a family member who had Alzheimer’s and the fact that her niece was supporting the BAA’s drive.

The Charitable Committee Team, led by Maynard, then took up the initiative and has so far filled two of the Make Sense Out of Cents containers with a third half-way through.

“Our president, John Howard, is very keen on donations and charity and things like that, so myself, Julia Robinson and Kaymar Poleus, we are all on the Charitable Committee team and it was John’s idea to match the donation that we raise for the Alzheimer’s Association and he was so generous to double the donation,” said the accounting assistant.

She said in addition to contribution of staff and friends of Summit International, some of the employees from Cidel Bank and Trust also donated to the cause as well, helping them to fill containers.

Brereton said she was happy that Barbadians were still taking up the cause and believed part of the reason was that so many knew someone or had a relative with the condition.

“The majority of people who are calling are people who have someone who has the disease. So if this is the only way they can help, we appreciate it.

“As you know, the drive has surpassed the $50,000 [mark]. Actually I believe we are now at about $100,000 or more … but I am hoping we can get more because we need at least $500,000 to get this centre started properly,” she reiterated.

With 3,500 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007, Brereton said she was sure the number was higher by now, which underscored the need for institutions to look after that vital care.

“I can see within the next 10 years there are going to be so many people in this island with Alzheimer’s disease because we have an ageing population, with the oldest being 113 next month and it is going to be very, very rough to see how these people have to struggle with the problem with dementia especially the ones who are caring.”

Although the drive was scheduled to conclude in December last year, the president said she was happy that banks like Summit International were keeping it going and the association would reveal other fund-raising drives toward the effort this year. (LB)

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