The COVID-19 pandemic has upset ways of life around the world, creating challenges scarcely imaginable
one year ago.
Social distancing, face masking, lockdowns and quarantines are new realities that people and governments everywhere have adopted to keep the virus at bay.
One encouraging aspect of the pandemic is that it has caused people, communities and governments to support those most in need, from the hospitalised and their caregivers, to employers and families facing severe financial challenges.
This has been the silver lining in an otherwise grim year for humanity – bringing values of compassion and togetherness to the forefront of community life.
The Coralisle Group of Companies early on recognised the extraordinary pressures the pandemic would impose and relied on its ‘people first’ approach to business to find ways to help clients, their families and the communities in which they live.
In response, the Coralisle Group has donated more than $100,000 to non-profit organisations throughout their jurisdictions in 2020. These organisations provide essential aid and include the Bermuda Emergency Fund, Meals on Wheels in Cayman, the Family Support Network in the British Virgin Islands, Provo Children’s Home in Turks & Caicos and the Alliance to End Homelessness in Barbados.
In Cayman, a $20,000 donation by CG BritCay enabled the Health Service Authority to expand its pharmacy delivery service to the vulnerable and the elderly at the onset of shelter-in-place measures.
The donation enabled the HSA to purchase a vehicle for the delivery of prescribed medicines.
In The Bahamas, Atlantic Medical Insurance Limited trading as CG Atlantic Medical and Life donated $15,000 to the Public Hospital Authority for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment and $15,000 to Hands for Hunger to help the community’s impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
In Bermuda, CG Insurance took multiple steps to ease financial pressures on clients by postponing 2020 premium rate renewals until 2021 and offering renewal discounts to individual motor clients, particularly taxi owners who faced serious business losses as a result of the pandemic.
Throughout their jurisdictions in the Caribbean, CG offices worked to ease pressures by:
• Approving reimbursements for Tele-health services whereby clients consult their physicians by phone rather than risk exposure to the virus that office visits would entail;
• Securing air ambulance services for people needing emergency care despite challenges created by pandemic border closures overseas;
• Promoting CG’s 24/7 Nurse Line, which, since the start of the pandemic, has experienced a jump of more than 100 per cent in the number of clients seeking answers to their healthcare questions;
• Providing free access to CG’s Zest Wellness online programmes such as biometric screenings, fitness classes and guidance on health matters such as nutrition, stress management and sleep;
• Hosting free webinars with the most recent Zest Fest event attracting more than 400 participants to learn about ‘Cultivating Wellness in Uncertain Times.’
Naz Farrow, Coralisle’s Chief Executive Officer, said CG’s actions during the pandemic have been guided
by the understanding that “our clients well-being depends in large measure on the well-being of the communities in which they live.
“We work to be a partner for our clients, making sure in all circumstances that we understand their needs and the pressures they face.
“ It is fundamental to our people-first approach to business and guides our decision-making for all situations facing them, never more so than with the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we have been assessing our communities needs this past year, we will continue to closely monitor the impact of the pandemic wherever we operate and do what we can to help.” (PR)