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CCB Big Sponsor Of Anguilla Debaters


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The Caribbean Commercial Bank is the biggest sponsor of the Anguilla debaters and their supporters who will be travelling with them shortly to Antigua to participate in this year’s Leeward Islands Literary Competition. The bank has contributed EC$25,000 towards the expenditure of the students from the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School.

The Caribbean Commercial Bank is the biggest sponsor of the Anguilla debaters and their supporters who will be travelling with them shortly to Antigua to participate in this year’s Leeward Islands Literary Competition. The bank has contributed EC$25,000 towards the expenditure of the students from the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School.

A cheque for the above amount was presented by CCB’s Managing Director, Preston Bryan, to the President of the Anguilla Literary and Debating Society, 6th Form student Khamal Harding-Hodge. The presentation took place on Monday, February 6, at the bank’s training room. Mr. Bryan was assisted by Olufunmike Banks-Devonish, Miss CCB Talented Teen 2005.

Anguilla is last year’s champion of the Leeward Islands debate which was held here around this time. The upcoming debate in Antigua will take place from February 23-26. The participating islands will be St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Martin and Montserrat. The Anguilla Literary and Debating Society will be represented by forty-five students including its debaters.

The presentation ceremony was chaired by CCB Director Pastor Ambrose Richardson, following the opening remarks and prayer by Vanessa Connor, the bank’s Assistant Operations Manager. Pastor Richardson commended the Anguilla debaters for their excellent performance over the years and urged them to continue to make their island proud.

Principal of the Comprehensive School, Darwin Hazell, thanked CCB for generously contributing to the critical need of the Literary and Debating Society. “It is very important that we do all that is necessary to defend our championship successfully,” he remarked.

“Our committees are up and working and our draft persons are very much involved in preparing and putting on the finishing touches to the debates.” He assured the bank that its sponsorship was highly appreciated and that the debating team would perform to its best ability.
Speaking in his role as President of the Literary and Debating Society, Khamal Harding-Hodge said he was grateful to CCB for the financial sponsorship and that he was proud of the fund-raising efforts of the society’s members.
Minister of Social Development, Evans Rogers, said he was very impressed by the performance of the Anguilla debaters last year and hoped that they would demonstrate in the coming debate that they were the true champions. He regretted that such achievements were not getting as much publicity as the negative and unfortunate incidents surrounding young people on the island. “It is incumbent on us to address the problems we have in our society and to highlight and promote the positive achievements and attitudes of our youngsters,” he advised.
The Minister acknowledged that the Government was unable to provide all the necessary assistance to the island’s young people. He added that much gratitude was owed to corporate citizens like the CCB for bearing the financial burdens that affect them and their activities ever so often. He also commended the teachers and parents for supporting the debaters.
The Debating Society’s Vice President and Public Relations Officer, Nakishma Rogers, said the organisation had so far reached a record-breaking figure in fund-raising for any one year in its history. “The success is not only a result of a strong executive with a united voice, but of a respectful group of students who have proved that leading does no have to be stressful, but enjoyable,” the noted public speaker said.
“The expenses for travelling members [of the society] usually include the cost of the charter, accommodations, travel wear, activities and cultural wear,” she continued. “At this present moment the contingent from Anguilla is negotiating figures for accommodation. However, the foreseeable expenditure will be in the region of US$20,000 for accommodation alone. Per student, if not subsidised, this would be approximately US$800 for all expenses.
“The Caribbean Commercial Bank has taken a large step in their civic responsibility and dedication to youth development. The members of the Literary and Debating Society will gladly wear the CCB logo on their shirts recognising them as our proud sponsor and corporate friend…We thank CCB wholeheartedly for their role in achieving this goal.”

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