IN the name of health and in the spirit of corporate social responsibility, the Bank of the South Pacific has in the last 72 hours assisted the country's "health business".
On Wednesday, the bank's Suva Central branch with the Fiji National Blood Services and the Students Association of the Fiji National University's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences co-ordinated a blood drive and health screening clinic.
BSP country manager, Kevin McCarthy while acknowledging the negative impact of non-communicable diseases in Fiji and how it robbed families of their loved ones said the bank was pleased to involve its staff in this initiative.
"...And we are overwhelmed by the incredible response from our customers and members of the public present here today," he said. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Health issued a report confirming that NCDs were responsible for more that 80 per cent of deaths in Fiji. Majority of people dying from NCDs were among the working age group.
"As one of Fiji's largest employers, we are pleased to facilitate free health screening and the national blood drive here at our branch," said Mr McCarthy.
"The response from our customers has been tremendous and we appreciate their taking time to join us in this blood drive to save lives," he said.
And yesterday, the bank officially handed over $12,500 to the Fiji Cancer Society after a month of hosting the Bushells Fiji's Biggest Morning Tea across its branch network.
"I am very pleased to report that this year's collection is significantly higher than last year and it is the result of efforts by our staff right across our branches and support departments," said Mr McCarthy.
Mr McCarthy acknowledged the overwhelming support of valued BSP customers and business partners who joined BSP staff in raising funds for a worthwhile cause.
"Our staff co-ordinated themselves which also included guest speakers focusing on this deadly disease to raise awareness," said Mr McCarthy.
An emotional Fiji Cancer Society President, Nirmala Nambiar accepted the donation for the society.
"I can assure you that these much needed funds will be put to good use as we strive to offer assistance, love and care for those fighting cancer," said Ms Nambiar.
Mr McCarthy also reaffirmed BSP's commitment for this worthy cause.