BCI backs Gita appeal

Friday March 02, 2018 Written by Published in Local
BCI lending officer Telesia Paseka-Arere, presenting the $400 cheque to Cook Islands Red Cross secretary general Fine Tuitupou-Arnold. 18022608 BCI lending officer Telesia Paseka-Arere, presenting the $400 cheque to Cook Islands Red Cross secretary general Fine Tuitupou-Arnold. 18022608

The Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI) donated proceeds raised from the staff’ monthly mufti-day to the Cook Islands Cyclone Gita Appeal.

 

A $400 cheque was presented to the Cook Islands Red Cross society to help Tonga and Samoa that were affected.

BCI marketing team leader Ina Davies said $200 was raised from this month’s mufti-day and the bank matched the funds by adding an extra $200.

“In the past, our mufti-day income would be kept to pay for staff barbeques or “get-togethers”, but this year we decided that we wanted to use this money to give back to the community,” she said.  To kick off the generous initiative, BCI donated their first monthly proceeds to the Cook Islands Cancer Foundation last month.

“We timed it with International Cancer Day, and this month we decided that the money we raised should be donated to the Cook Islands Cyclone Gita Appeal,” she said.  Davies said BCI will continue to donate to organisations or charities in the community that are needing extra support.Although the final total will not be known until later this week, the money raised from the appeal was around $73,000.

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