1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited made a significant donation of drinking water and water storage tanks to the families most affected by the eruptions of the La Soufriere Volcano in sister island of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A total of 2000 cases of drinking water plus 50 eight hundred water storage tanks were placed on boats and shipped along with other relief supplies to the residents that were displaced from their homes and for general distribution where the supplies are most needed.

Managing Director of 1st National Bank, Johnathan Johannes was personally at the ports as the relief items were being loaded: “1st National Bank joins our sister islands in their solidarity with the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines at this extremely difficulty time. Just when we thought that the pandemic was bad enough, our brothers and sisters there, now must deal with a natural disaster of a volcanic eruption that has displaced families and thrown the country into a crisis mode and great uncertainty. We at 1st National Bank understand our role and the deep connections we have with Vincentians and see our assistance as the right and natural thing to do. The worst of times brings out the best in us and we want to assure the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines that 1st National Bank is Here…for YOU!

Deputy Director of NEMO St Vincent and the Grenadines Kenson Stoddard received the items on behalf of the Government and People of St Vincent: “On behalf of our Government and the entire nation, I want to thank to the Board, management and staff of 1st National Bank St Lucia for their generosity and brotherhood with this significant donation of drinking water and water storage. Water is life and this assistance is one that is life sustaining. Thank you! 1st National”

The receipt and coordination of the donations were handled by Ms. Vonetta Rogers, Country Manager for RBC-RBTT which was recently purchased by the Consortium of Banks (Antigua Commercial Bank Limited (ACB), National Bank of Dominica Limited (NBD), Bank of Montserrat Limited (BOM), The Bank of Nevis Limited (BON) and 1st National Bank St Lucia Limited.

The Bank continues to monitor the volatile situation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and stand ready to provide additional support where necessary.

About 1st National Bank

1st National Bank is the first indigenous Bank in Saint Lucia and one of the oldest in the Eastern Caribbean. It was founded over 80 years ago with the purpose of providing the ordinary man and woman with access to financial services in particularly savings, and other financial services such as loans and investments at a time when this was rarely available. Over the decades the Bank has evolved from a Penny Bank to a significant player on the local and regional financial services sector. It has been recognized and awarded locally, regionally and Internationally for its customer service excellence, corporate social responsibility, innovation and performance. 1st National Bank is a full-service commercial Bank and has the largest network island-wide comprising 8 branches and one bureau de change at the George F.L. Charles Airport. Earlier this month it concluded the purchase of RBC Royal Bank of Canada absorbing all the activities of the Saint Lucia Operation.

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