Wilton Re supports seven charities with $40,000 donation
A reinsurance company has donated $40,000 to help seven island charities.
Wilton Re gave the money to the Women’s Resource Centre, the Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association, Knowledge Quest, The Menuhin Foundation, the Bermuda Education Network, ConnecTech and the West End Primary PTA.
Wilton Re Bermuda CEO Sylvia Oliveira said: “Each of these charities have made a direct personal impression on members of our team, who have directed our corporate charitable donations to support their worthy missions this year.”
The Women’s Resource Centre was selected by a Wilton Re employee who had endured years of domestic abuse.
The employee said: “It takes a community to protect those who are forced into these horrific situations. The work and support that WRC provides is very impactful, needed and I know is well appreciated by those they are able to help.”
WRC’s interim chair Elaine Butterfield said: “Donations such as Wilton Re’s help us to fulfil our mission of empowering women and their families who need it most.”
A spokesman for the Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association said: “Our overseas medical programme offers interest-free loans for critical, life-saving treatments that many in our community cannot afford.
“We are very appreciative for the donation; without help from donors like Wilton Re, we would not be able to continue offering this vital assistance.”
Thanking the company, the Menuhin Foundation chair Laura Davis highlighted the challenges of navigating and continuing its programmes throughout the pandemic.
Representing Knowledge Quest, Cynthia Cox said: “Means-tested scholarships have a multiplier effect across the community: providing academic training for our professions, reducing poverty, giving hope, raising self-esteem, supporting families and more.
“We are most grateful to Wilton Re for the contribution.”
BEN’s development director Kristen Scott-Ndiaye said that the donation has allowed the charity to offer free transportation through their Horizons programme.
She said: “The Horizons programme gives public school students open access to experiential learning field trips that support the curriculum and deepens knowledge under the themed units of social studies, Bermuda history, ecosystem and agriculture, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and more.”
A Wilton Re employee had a personal connection to the West End Primary School, which is why money was donated to the school’s parent-teacher association.
Association president Aziza Furbert said that the company’s contribution will help pay for much needed initiatives for the school.
ConnecTech founder Coral Wells said: “Our students would not be able to participate in an amazing opportunity to represent Bermuda in the Global Robotics Olympics if it wasn’t for sponsors like Wilton Re.”