Chairman continues to keep promise to donate Board Fees to kid’s Homes
Port of Spain, Trinidad, May 11, 2017
Chairman of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), Emile Elias, continues to lead by example and has again fulfilled his promise to donate his quarterly Board Fees to Children’s Homes in T&T.
On May 4, Elias met with representatives of the two Homes – Rainbow Rescue and the Couva Children’s Home and Crisis Nursery – at the company’s Edward Street office in Port-of-Spain, where he graciously handed over two cheques of $24,750 each, which represent quarterly payment, after taxes.
This is the second consecutive year that Elias has donated his fees to the Homes, which he says are deserving of the support for their continued efforts to transform the lives of some of the nation’s most vulnerable youth.
Elias has chosen four Children’s Homes to receive the donations annually, one per quarter, “for as long as I am Chairman here at TSTT.”
The other two Homes – Cyril Ross Nursery and St Dominic’s Home – will receive their donations later this year.
Elias told the Home’s representatives, “I am really happy to present these cheques to you today and I am grateful for the work that you are doing. This for me is national service. It is my civic duty and it’s something I pledge to continue doing during my tenure. You can count on it and you can count on me.”
Norma Ottley, Director at the Couva Children’s Home, expressed her gratitude to Elias for his commitment to the development of the Home, which she noted depends greatly on private sector assistance, since government subventions are “not nearly enough” to operate the Home effectively.
“This financial support will go a long way towards general administration things, insurance, vehicle maintenance and the general upkeep of the Home. We are overjoyed and thankful to Mr. Elias for his kindness towards us. You don’t see people doing these things and he doesn’t want anything in return.”
Ottley was also in high praise of the Chairman for keeping another promise he made last year – upgrading the internet service in Lynton Gardens, Phase Two, Arima. She said she, as well as other residents, now enjoy bmobile’s 4G High Speed Wireless Service.
“When we met last year I told you about the service in the area and you said you would look into it. Today, I am so happy to let you know that the service has improved tremendously,” she said.
Sharing similar sentiments about Elias’ generosity was Jennifer Greene of Rainbow Rescue, who stated, “I can’t put into words how grateful I am for this donation. I have the task of nurturing 14 teenaged boys and as hard as it is, things like this make me realise that what we are doing doesn’t go unnoticed. To be one of four Homes chosen to receive this kind of support reminds me that what we are doing is worthwhile…that we are truly making a difference.”
Greene said TSTT is a company which “doesn’t just talk” corporate social responsibility but emphasises it by its actions. She said the service provider has assisted the Home in the past through initiatives such as the bmobile Foundation’s Book Buddies Project, where TSTT’s staff equip over 200 young people from Children’s Homes across the country with everything they need at the Home. “I think every company should be like TSTT,” she said.