Scotiabank delivers magical experience at Christmas in the Park
HUNDREDS of patrons gathered at Emancipation Park last Thursday to immerse themselves in the joyful atmosphere of Scotiabank’s annual Christmas in the Park celebration.
This much-anticipated celebration was a resounding success, spreading holiday cheer while also making a significant charitable impact.
The event, known for its family-friendly activities and festive ambiance, provided attendees with a memorable evening filled with music, entertainment, and interactive experiences. Attendees were delighted by performances from gospel sensation Kevin Downswell with lively rendition from UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra, The Ashe Company, Tessanne Chin’s Voice Box, among others.
Another highlight of the evening was the presence of the partners who were on location, offering complimentary snacks and goodies to all attendees. Their contributions added an extra layer of enjoyment to the festivities, ensuring that everyone experienced a sense of warmth and generosity throughout the event.
Among the partners for the 2023 staging of Scotiabank’s Christmas in the Park were: Wisynco, Jablum, Grace Foods and CB Foods.
The true essence of the event went beyond the joyous celebration. Scotiabank Foundation, as part of its ongoing commitment to support the community, made a notable donation of $3 million to the Salvation Army. The funds will specifically support their Christmas kettle appeal and assist with the purchase of Braille machines for students at the School for the Blind, an invaluable resource that will enhance educational opportunities for visually impaired children.
“Christmas really is about giving, so as much as we’re having fun at the concert we understand that there are many people who are less fortunate and in need and we always play our part by supporting very strong charities like the Salvation Army to help those who are less fortunate in any way that we can,” said Yanique Forbes-Patrick, vice-president, public affairs and communications at Scotia Group.
This act of philanthropy exemplifies Scotiabank’s dedication to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. By investing in the education and well-being of visually impaired students, Scotiabank Foundation is providing them with the tools to succeed, empowering them to reach their full potential and fostering inclusivity within our society.
Representatives from the Salvation Army expressed their gratitude during the event, emphasising the significant impact this donation will have on the lives of the students and their families. They commended Scotiabank for its unwavering commitment to social responsibility and applauded their continuous efforts to create positive change in the community. Major Nana Agyemang, divisional commander for the Salvation Army eastern Jamaica, said, “It is going to go a long way in impacting the lives of several persons in various communities in Jamaica.”
“We will also use a portion of the donation to initiate a programme in three communities to support students who are experiencing challenges by providing an afterschool environment for students in various communities so that they will not be disadvantaged. I extend an invitation to corporate Jamaica and individuals to follow the example of Scotiabank and come on board because whatever you donate will go a far way in helping persons,” he added.
Scotiabank’s Christmas in the Park event continues to be a beacon of joy and goodwill during the holiday season. It not only brings people together in celebration but also serves as a platform for raising awareness and supporting important causes. Through this event, Scotiabank further establishes itself as a conscientious corporate citizen dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and contributing to the betterment of society.