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TSTT Foundation Volunteers join the fight against cancer

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TSTT Foundation volunteers recently raised more than $12,000 in support of the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society. This was the result of efforts from 30 TSTT employees who volunteer with the Cancer Society.

According to Camille Salandy, Head of Public Relations and External Affairs, “We are very proud of this partnership with our employees. Through this initiative the company has come together with employees to build the capacity of non governmental organizations that continue to struggle to respond to some of the biggest social and health challenges.”

“It has been a joy for us to have TSTT employee volunteers working with us. In fact, I think this is exactly the kind of model that all NGOs should look to establish in order to maximize benefits to them and to the companies that assist them,” stated Ann Paula Bibby, Project Manager at the Cancer Society. She added, “The volunteers come to meetings regularly. They are truly lovely people. Most of the time all we see of corporate TnT are cold formal letters but we get to relate to the people who drive the company.”

The employee volunteers are part of the Telecom giant’s comprehensive corporate social responsibility programme through which employees volunteer with the TSTT Foundation. Employee volunteers are required to give a minimum of 30 hours volunteer time to an NGO or NGOs of their choice.

In the case of the Cancer Society, some 30 TSTT employees attend monthly meetings for Cancer Society volunteers and pitch in to help in any way the Society requires. For the Cancer Society’s Fun and Family Day, held on July 13, TSTT volunteers ran a booth and raffled two cellular phones. The phones were won by Margaret Reeves and Malachi Duncan.

The TSTT Foundation was launched in August of 2005. With an annual budget of $5 million dollars the Foundation supports youth development initiatives particularly in the areas of education, health, sport and culture. The employee volunteerism programme is one element of the Foundation’s approach to building communities and supporting key initiatives aimed at youth development in Trinidad and Tobago.

 


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