The Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS) yesterday received a financial boost from drinks manufacturer Banks Holdings Limited (BHL) to help achieve its goals.
Under its corporate social responsibility programme, Heritage, Environment, Learning and People (HELP), the beverage company donated $10 000 to the Society to help in its promotion, protection and preservation of aspects of the island’s history while improving overall visitor experience.
The BMHS falls under HELP’s heritage pillar.
BHL’s manager of corporate affairs Sophia Cambridge said it was an easy decision for the beverage company to make the donation to the BMHS. She said following a two-year partnership between the two organizations, which ended about two years ago, BHL felt it fit to continue to assist in a major way.
“Our contribution this morning is an investment in our citizens’ social and cultural bank, not only for our own benefit but for the benefit of all of us who will inherit this space after we are gone,” said Cambridge, as she urged other members of the business community to contribute to the island’s development by assisting various organizations.
In welcoming the donation, officials at the BMHS said that apart from policies, partnerships and funding were critical for the over 80-year-old organization to achieve its goals.
Highlighting the importance and relevance of the BMHS, director Alissandra Cummins said it was not only involved in the preservation and promotion of history, but it also placed heavy emphasis on awareness and education.
Earlier this year, the HELP programme donated about 500 garbage cans to the Sanitation Service Authority and also made a donation to the Future Centre Trust. Last week, the company made a $10,000 donation towards sprucing up the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s chapel.