Published On: Tue, Apr 8th, 2014

Kids in Sentro Fer get a recreational boost thanks to CIBC Firstcaribbean International Bank

FirstcaribbeanWILLEMSTAD - “We were very pleasantly surprised that CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank took the initiative and asked if we needed anything.

That does not happen very often” said Mrs. Astrid de Canha–Dirks, founder and director from Sentro FER in Suffisant.

FER is short for Formashon (Formation) Edukashon (Education) Rekreashon (Recreation) and is an after school care center for kids.

“The number of participants varies, but there are around 80 kids that come here almost daily. They eat here after school and we make sure they do their homework under the supervision and guidance of eight adult supervisors. There is a contribution per child and that covers our expenses but does not leave much room to invest in for instance recreational materials. Therefore this donation from CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank is more than welcome. The donated games and their table as well as the soccer balls will be put to good use” said Mrs. Astrid de Canha–Dirks.

Mrs. Lysaira Ortela, Marketing Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank in Curaçao added that “during the holidays Sentro FER also offers a vacation program, which is very popular among kids. This gesture from the bank confirms our commitment to the community we live in and are a part of. The idea was to assist with much needed recreational and educational materials in order to supplement the fine work that the folks at Sentro FER are doing.”

About CIBC FirstCaribbean
CIBC FirstCaribbean is the largest, regionally-listed bank in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean serving over 500,000 accounts in 17 markets, through 3,400 staff, across 100 branches and offices.

The bank offers a full range of market-leading financial services in: Corporate and Investment Banking, Treasury Sales and Trading, Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Small Business and Credit Cards.

CIBC FirstCaribbean is a member of the CIBC Group. CIBC (TSX, NYSE: CM) is a leading North American financial institution serving clients in Canada and around the world. Through three distinct business lines, Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Wholesale Banking, CIBC provides a full range of products and services to almost 11 million individual, small business and commercial banking clients and meets the financial needs of corporate and institutional clients. CIBC is rated A+/Stable/A-1 by Standard & Poor's.

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