National Commercial Bank Foundation has donated an ambulance valued at $3.5 million to the BREDS Treasure Beach Foundation/Treasure Beach Emergency Response Unit (TBERU).
Speaking at the handing over ceremony this morning, Dr. James Sadock, one of the Founders of the TBERU said the Treasure Beach example is a model which can be replicated in other communities across Jamaica and the Caribbean, “This is the first volunteer ambulance Corps in the history of Jamaica and we are dedicated to saving the world one life at a time”.
“Community development has become an obsession for myself and the other board members of the BREDS Treasure Beach Foundation,” effused Jason Henzell, Chairman, BREDS Treasure Beach Foundation. Continuing, he emphasized that, “NCB has come on board at a time when Jamaica is undergoing severe economic constraints and many organizations have being reducing donations to worthy causes. We are grateful for this leap of faith and know that this gift to the Treasure Beach community will save many lives and enhance health care in the community.”
Keynote speaker at the event, Hon. Michael Lee Chin OJ was delighted to be making his first trip to Treasure Beach. In a very inspiring presentation, Lee-Chin said that, “In 2011 NCB ranked #1 in the South and Central American region and 14th in the world in terms of return on asset.” Underscoring the importance of giving back even as NCB makes successful strides, he said that “NCB is committed to adding value to the Jamaican economy by building people and communities and this gift to the BREDS Treasure Beach Emergency Response Unit is in line with that vision. Our solution to the economic problems is to create more wealth and opportunities for the Jamaican people,” he promised.
The event, which was attended by over 400 community members consisting of the entire school population of Treasure Beach, including students from Sandy Bank Primary and Little Fish Basic School, Chairperson of NCB Foundation Thalia Lyn, Alvin Miller, CEO of the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Jeremy Palmer Councillor of the Pedro Planes Division and other distinguish guests.