Standard Chartered Bank lastSaturday held a sponsored walk from their Lightfoot Boston Street Headquarter office to the Football Academy at Kingtom.
The sponsored walk was the end point of the launch of their “seeing is believing”initiative aimed at raising US$100 Million by the year 2020 to make a difference in the lives of 20 Million people across 20 countries including Sierra Leone.
The sponsored walk attracted staff of the bank and their implementing partners – Hellen Keller, Sight Savers, Christopher Bliden Mission and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
In his statement, at the Football Academy in Kingtom the Chief Operating Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Mr. Idrissa Kamara said that the Bank recognizes the fact that there are 37 Million blind people in the world and a further 161 Million people who are visually impaired. However the bank recognizes the fact that 75% of the world’s blindness is preventable and curable. He went further to say that globally they have reached a significant milestone on their fundraising target of restoring sight to twenty million people.
He also emphasized the brand promise of their bank which is ‘here for good’ saying they are strongly committed to ensuring that the community at large see them as trusting, caring and dedicated in making a difference.
“Together we have made a difference and will continue to make a great impact on Eye Care in Sierra Leone in the next four years of the project duration 2012-2016” he concluded.
In her statement the Country Director of Sight Savers International Nancy Smart who is also a consortium partner said that the Bank has been giving their support and will continue to give in the fight to eradicate blindness. She said that the journey has been great and the goal has been scored, reiterating that the venture of the bank will take them a long way in restoring sight. She commended Standard Chartered Bank in giving them the opportunity to help eradicate blindness.
In his statement Dr. Mathew Vandy from the National Eye Care Program said that they appreciate their partners in helping them in the fight against blindness and they have made immense stripes to reduce 2nd cause of blindness. He asked for patience from those implementing the project and also for sacrifice. He said that the Bank is here for the people with a firm commitment to influence the lives of people in the community they operate.
The program ended with a friendly football match between the Bank and their partners.
By Nancy Koroma