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National Bank supports several community initiatives

PRESS RELEASE: National Bank of the Virgin Islands (the Bank) is pleased to announce its support for numerous key community initiatives over the past two weeks.

Taking place during several press and handover conferences, the Bank has sponsored Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR), the Virgin Islands Autism Centre, the Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League and Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs.

Joy Francis, Chief Executive Officer of National Bank, commented: “I wish to encourage other corporates and the wider community to contribute to our non-profits and civic-minded organisations where possible. Such an indelible mark is made by groups who seek to make our paradise more culturally engaged, socially aware and a safer place to be.”


Committed to serving the BVI Community for over 30 years, VISAR has an all-important mission of responding to marine emergencies.

VISAR’s President, Gerard Kraakman stated: “We thank National Bank for the kind donation. Saving lives at sea is our main goal, and it is essential for our future that businesses think about us as they plan support for CSR initiatives. We are always in the process of improving our functionality to ensure that we have the right equipment and crew on hand to assist with emergencies.”

VI Autism Centre

The Virgin Islands Autism Centre was destroyed by the 2017 hurricanes and found assistance through multiple organisations which rebuilt and outfitted the centre, enabling the facility to serve clients once more.

National Bank of Virgin Islands was happy to cover the shipping cost of the sensory room for the centre. Currently, the sensory room provides a place for clients’ use in the case of meltdowns; but more importantly, it also provides a low-stress, fun environment for clients to work through their emotions and reactions to certain stimuli.

Programme Director, Lorna Dawson thanked the National Bank of the Virgin Islands for their kind donation. The sensory room is the clients’ favourite room, and it is up and running just in time for the 2019 summer camp.

Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League

The youth are at the cornerstone of the Bank’s CSR initiatives, and we are happy to fund activities that utilise curricula, which support long term stability and growth in our communities.

Committee Chair, Mrs Kharid Fraser remarked: “The Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League is committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential by investing in an activity that has a lasting effect on their development and commitment to the community. We are happy that the Bank sees it fit to assist through sponsorship with this objective.”

VI Festival and Fairs

Celebrating our history and culture are essential to the National Bank team, and we are a proud Gold Sponsor of the 2019 August Festival, our 65th Emancipation Celebration, held under the theme: “A Colorful Cultural Vibe as BVI Festival Turns 65”.

The official bank of paradise, National Bank is dedicated to the advancement and growth of our community through supporting and participating in CSR initiatives that focus on investing in our young people, helping the most vulnerable in our society, together with promoting arts and culture.

National Bank of the Virgin Islands Limited is a full-service commercial bank, providing retail and business banking products and services to local customers in the British Virgin Islands.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sponsorship programs are needed specifically targetting the boys of this community to include but not limited to:

    1) Reading and comprehension classes.
    2) Writing skills development.
    3) Conflict resolution training and development techniques.

    These cources should be centalized, mandatory and provided on weekends, holidays and summers.

    Empower our future leaders and fathers with knowledge, skills and confidence.

    So many millions of dollars are being supposedly spent on varius initiatives, yet to often nothing can be seen of the investments or the dollars spent. This is true of the public and private sector.

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