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Flow CARIFTA Games on track with $30,000 boost from Commonwealth Bank
By Diane Philips & Associates
Mar 16, 2018 - 11:28:02 AM

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Commonwealth Bank Gives $30,000 to Flow CARIFTA 2018 - Pictured l-r: Eldece Clarke-Lewis, former Olympian; Gladys Fernander, VP Finance, Commonwealth Bank; Rosamunde Carey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CARIFTA Games Bahamas 2018 LOC; Michael Pintard, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture; Denise Turnquest, Sr. VP & COO, Commonwealth Bank and Pauline Davis-Thompson, former Olympian.

Nassau, Bahamas - With the countdown to the start of Flow CARIFTA 2018 set for March 30 - April 2 in Nassau, Commonwealth Bank today announced a $30,000 donation to boost coffers for the host country.

This will be the 8th time The Bahamas plays host to the premier track and field meet. Some 600 athletes along with 100 team officials from 26 countries are expected to descend on Nassau with track and field stars and superstars competing in 65 events.

“Commonwealth Bank is pleased to support this prestigious event which shines a spotlight on young people in keeping with our commitment to Bahamian youth and education,” said Denise Turnquest, Sr. Vice President and COO Commonwealth Bank. “CARIFTA, which was started in 1972 as an adjunct to the formation of CARICOM, brings all the countries of the region together helping to create bonds of commonality and friendship in the face of exciting competition. These games shine a light on our athletes, our country and our commitment to excel.”

The cheque presentation from the leading Bahamian bank with $1.6 billion in assets and more than 6,000 shareholders took place at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

“We are grateful to Commonwealth Bank for their contribution to CARIFTA which will feature the best junior track and field athletes in the region,” said the Hon. Michael Pintard, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture. “Sports is an important vehicle that contributes to national development. Participants learn discipline, team work, determination and how to compete clean - all important lessons our people require to grow and succeed. Sports enables many Bahamians to gain employment and ownership. It facilitates scholarships, helps us stay fit, de-stress and travel the world as ambassadors of their country. Your contribution will make a difference."

Commonwealth Bank operates 12 full service branches on four islands and employs more than 550 persons.

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