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Posted: Friday, November 9, 2018. 2:52 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: This morning, Scotiabank in Belize city handed over a $2,000 cheque to the Salvation Army at the public launch of the organization’s Kettle Appeal.

The launch was held in front of the bank’s Albert Street branch in Belize city.

We’ve been doing this for about 4 years now and we’re going to continue,” said Erwin Arthurs, Scotiabank’s Belize City Branch manager.

According to Arthurs, the Kettle Launch is an initiative that demonstrates the bank’s commitment to “being a good corporate citizen by supporting the community where we live and do business. That’s our goal” he continued – “to ensure that the [help] reaches those who need it the most.”

Special guest at the launch today was Deputy Mayor of Belize City, Oscar Arnold.

The Wesley College band, the Salvation Army primary school and Major E. Robateau & Company provided entertainment for the event.

The Salvation Army’s kettle appeal began back in 1891, when an officer who had lived in the US felt the desire to feed needy children in his community. He started a red kettle drive that fed 2,000 children, and since then the initiative has spread globally, including to Belize and other countries in the Caribbean.

Major Joliker Leandre, Regional director of the Salvation Army in Belize, stated that last year, the drive raised enough funds to help over 800 families in Belize.

The aim, Major Leandre said, is to raise $100,000.

In 2015, the target of $100,000 was met and went down on record as the most successful event.

Scotiabank wishes the Salvation Army the best of success for this year’s Kettle Drive.

 

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