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Company steps in to help three charities

Major Frank Pittman, right (file pic)

Marsh and Guy Carpenter has announced three charity donations worth $5,000 to Knowledge Quest, Salvation Army and WindReach Bermuda.

The company’s donation to Knowledge Quest is being used to support Bermudian students by funding college and university scholarships for those in need of financial assistance.

Knowledge Quest, an all-volunteer organisation, has provided scholarships and mentoring to more than 150 students who are furthering their education in a wide range of disciplines.

“Thank you to Marsh and Guy Carpenter for helping us to provide educational assistance to those who need it most and will benefit most,” said Cynthia Cox, Knowledge Quest director.

“It is through donations like these that we are able to make a huge difference in the lives of these capable and ambitious Bermudians and also help Bermuda by promoting a more educated workforce.”

Marsh and Guy Carpenter is also supporting the feeding programme at the Salvation Army with its donation.

Aiming to ward off hunger on the Island, the programme provides the homeless and hungry a hot meal, six days a week.

It takes place at the North Street Citadel and has served approximately 43,000 meals in 2014.

The Salvation Army also runs an in-house addiction treatment programme and emergency shelter housing to those in need, as well as a food bank for families.

“Many people in Bermuda rely on our programmes for meals and support. In turn, we rely on the support of private and corporate donors, like Marsh and Guy Carpenter,” said Major Frank Pittman, divisional commander, Bermuda division, Salvation Army. I would like to thank the companies for their support of our feeding programme and helping us ensure that no one in Bermuda goes hungry.”

The third organisation to be supported by Marsh and Guy Carpenter is WindReach: its Integrated Learning Programme offers a diversity of educational and recreational activities in an alternative learning environment.

WindReach aims to enrich the quality of life for individuals with special needs, including those with visual impairments and autism, by providing them with the skills needed for further education, employment and independent living. Erica Fulton, executive director of WindReach Bermuda, said: “WindReach is grateful for Marsh and Guy Carpenter’s generous support of our Integrated Learning Programme that enables students to maximise their time on our property and benefit from our unique, therapeutic and purposeful programmes.

“Our mission is to enrich the quality of life for people with special needs and we would not be able to do this without the long-time support of generous donors like Marsh and Guy Carpenter.”

David Ezekiel, country corporate officer of Marsh and McLennan Companies, said: “Knowledge Quest, the Salvation Army and WindReach work hard every day to improve the lives of Bermudians across all ages and backgrounds. Bermuda is a better place because of these great organisations and it is an honour to support them.”

• To learn about Knowledge Quest, visit www.knowledgequest.bm or e-mail info@knowledgequest.bm. For information about the Salvation Army Bermuda, call 441-292-0601 or visit, www.salvationarmy.ca/bermuda. For WindReach, visit www.windreachbermuda.bm.