A seriously-ill five-year-old boy dreams of flying in an airplane. He and other children with life-threatening medical conditions will have their wishes granted through the Precious Touch Foundation Inc., an organisation set up to fulfil the special wishes of such children.
The president and several directors of the foundation recently sat down with members of CIBC Reinsurance Company Limited as the company representative, Jacqui Mahon, presented the foundation with $20,000 to assist with the granting of special wishes to critically-ill children.
President and CEO of CIBC Reinsurance, Lawrie McGill, noted that the company had actively sought to support the foundation because of the tremendous work it was doing not only for children but also their families. He noted that the company’s parent, CIBC, has been involved in a similar programme in Canada for a number of years.
“For 25 years CIBC has been supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation in Canada and, with CIBC Reinsurance Company located in Barbados, we thought it was important to support a similar initiative here,” he said.
McGill added: “Through this presentation we also wish to assist with the foundation’s efforts to raise the profile of their outreach and mission so that others can contribute and support their sterling efforts.”
Founder and President of the Precious Touch Foundation, Adorial Maxwell-Hazell, expressed her organisation’s gratitude.
“We are pleased that the CIBC Reinsurance has recognised us and the work that we’re doing,” she said. “And we’re also pleased to say that we’ve never disappointed a child who wanted a wish to be granted.”
Vice-president, St. Auban Callender noted that the presentation by CIBC Reinsurance would enable the organisation to confidently fulfil its commitments. In explaining the process of how children are identified for the granting of wishes, Callender said that most cases were referred by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, often through the children’s ward.
Pastor and a director of the foundation, Cameron Connolly, said he felt fortunate to serve.
“It’s not only about touching the lives of the children but their families also. We try to assist the family by ministering to them – spiritually, psychological and emotional. It’s a long-term relationship we build with the entire family,” he said.