BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, November 20, 2023 (MMS-SKN) — Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marcella Liburd, GCMG, JP, is congratulating the St. Kitts Diabetes Association and the St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank Limited, for their continued efforts in educating the public on the dangers of diabetes and on how to keep the scourge at bay.

Accompanied by a team from Government House, Her Excellency the Governor General joined scores of participants who on Saturday November 18, took part in the 9th Annual Walk by the St. Kitts Diabetes Association, that took participants from the Cenotaph in Fortlands, via Bay Road, to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank roundabout and back to the Cenotaph.

The walk, which was held under the theme ‘Education to Protect Tomorrow’, had the St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank Limited as the major sponsor. Chairperson of the Bank’s Board of Directors Mrs Carol Boddie, Acting CEO Mr Anthony Galloway, and Group Commercial Head Mr David Lake, led a large team of board and staff members who took part in the walk.

“I would like to thank St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank for continuing to be the main sponsor for the Diabetes Walk,” said Her Excellency Dame Marcella Liburd at the end of the walk. Along with a team from the Government House, the Governor General was in the leading pack of participants from the beginning to the end of the walk.

The Governor General, who is a former Federal Minister of Health, observed that the number of persons with diabetes is growing, and events like the Diabetes Walk are important as they continue to bring about awareness about the disease, which is a leading cause of deaths in the country.

“We just want to let people understand that they need to take care of themselves,” said Her Excellency. “Those who already have diabetes you now take care of your diet, and make sure you exercise so that you can lead fruitful lives.” 

Acting CEO of the St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank Limited, Mr Anthony Galloway, noted that the Bank has been a title sponsor of the St. Kitts Diabetes Association Annual Walk for over five years, and they will continue to support it, as it was a cause the truly believe in, as diabetes affects a lot of people in the Federation, noting that it is one of the leading causes of death in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“Through our support, the St. Kitts Diabetes Association has brought awareness of the disease, and it has done education on the symptoms, causes, and treatment,” pointed out Mr Galloway. “It is something that we and our staff support and also join in the walk every year to show our support – so it is not only a monetary support, but it is a true support.”

National Bank partnered with local folklore group, Sagga Swagga Crazy Clowns for Sugar Mas 52. The Kittitian folklore, known to be a legacy of the French Governor Lonvillier de Poincy, imitates the characteristic costume of the European court jester adding a wire mesh mask, bells and locally crafted leather hunter.

Sagga Swagga Crazy Clowns started out as a group of friends with a mission to create a place where locals and visitors can play mas with anonymity. The group has been in operation for over 11 years and has seen significant growth in its membership. Though many choose to keep the traditional style of the clown costume, some members add their own personal flair, including scary masks and colourful head gear that makes Sagga Swagga Crazy Clowns a unique revelry experience.

Performing through the streets of Basseterre, Sagga Swagga Crazy Clowns captured the spirit of our culture with their enticing and colourful suits while displaying our history to throngs of viewers during our carnival grand parade.

National Bank is proud to support our local folklore group, Ancestral Mummies, who participated in Sugar Mas 52.

Ancestral Mummies have been led by Captain Stanley Carey for the past 12 years and originate from the village of Tabernacle. This Kittitian folklore depicts the religious wars fought in Europe in ancient times.

Performing through the streets of Basseterre, Ancestral Mummies captured the essence of culture with their traditional music and alluring attire to display our history to throngs of viewers of our carnival grand parade.

National Bank is proud to support our local folklore group, Ancestral Mummies, who participated in Sugar Mas 52.

Ancestral Mummies have been led by Captain Stanley Carey for the past 12 years and originate from the village of Tabernacle. This Kittitian folklore depicts the religious wars fought in Europe in ancient times.

Performing through the streets of Basseterre, Ancestral Mummies captured the essence of culture with their traditional music and alluring attire to display our history to throngs of viewers of our carnival grand parade.

On Christmas Day 2023, staff members of the National Bank Group of Companies, under the auspices of National Cares, reported to several community centers throughout St. Kitts to spread Christmas cheer in the form of warm meals to those in need. 

Approximately 500 lunches were prepared, packaged, and hand-delivered to residents of local communities and villages.  This outreach initiative was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Services and local community center coordinators.  The recipients expressed profound gratitude for this selfless gesture of charity and kindness on Christmas day.

 

National Bank Group of Companies, under the aegis of National Cares, extended goodwill, joy, and holiday cheer in its very first National Cares “Christmas Dreams Come True” event hosted on December 23, 2023.  Over 300 children from across various communities in St. Kitts and Nevis were elated to personally receive gifts from Santa, compliments the National Bank Group. 

The children along with their parents were invited to two special organized mini concerts at Independence Square St. Kitts and Memorial Square Nevis.  Several local talents including the Jingle Bells String Band, Johnny Walker Dancers, Brotherhood Drummers, and carolers from nearby churches set the atmosphere with traditional Christmas carols, acts, and music.  The children were treated to personal photos with Santa, a present and a party bag.

National Bank collaborated with our long-standing partner, The St. Christopher Outreach Center, to spread the holiday spirit at their annual Soup Kitchen Christmas luncheon.  The Soup Kitchen operates from the Bay Road, Basseterre and provides hot meals daily for persons in need.

Representatives from the Bank took the opportunity to assist the staff at the Center in the preparation, packaging and serving of Christmas lunches to the patrons. The event also allowed for interaction and sharing the season’s sentiments with the staff and patrons of the Center. 


Under its National Cares umbrella, the Bank was pleased to announce a further commitment to the organizing committee of the Center to increase its sponsorship to $60,000 annually. National Bank’s investment will continue to provide financial assistance to the Center to feed over 100 persons daily.

National Bank partnered with the infamous Erica Edwards for her annual Merri Eri Christmas “Youth Edition” concert. The concert was held on December 3rd, 2023 at the Ramada Resort and featured the radiant ‘songbird’ Erica Edwards. Special performances were also made by uprising young ‘stars’ from throughout the federation. The annual concert provides a platform for these youth to showcase their talent while gaining the opportunity to develop their confidence and overall self-esteem.

 

The Opening of the National Bank Primary School Football Competition held on October 26, 2023 saw the participation of over 18 primary schools, indicating the increased popularity of football among St. Kitts’ youth.

National Bank has been the Title Sponsor of the Primary School Football Competition for over 20 years, demonstrating the continued commitment of the Bank to youth development and sport. These games provide a platform that celebrate physical activity, discipline, and the nurturing of young talent for the future of St. Kitts football.

At a special closing ceremony held at Warner Park, the Honorable Samal Duggins, Minister of Sports et al and Mrs. Shirna Pemberton, Communications Manager, National Bank, honored the young athletes with trophies and accolades for their outstanding performance.

The young athletes showed that they are the future of St. Kitts football, and their passion for the sport was evident throughout the Competition.

[St. Kitts, November 3, 2023] — Citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis have a reason to celebrate, as the eagerly anticipated OWN Home Mortgage makes its grand debut at Independence Square on Friday, November 3, 2023. This transformative home mortgage product is the premier offering in National Bank’s home mortgage suite of products.

The launch event is expected to be graced by dignitaries, including the Honourable Dr. Terrence Drew, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as other government officials, partners, and stakeholders.

The event aims to bring together potential homeowners, allied partners, and Nationals in a one-stop-shop home mortgage expo.
This landmark event is scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and promises to educate and enlighten attendees about the prospect of homeownership. Attendees will also have a chance to walk away with premium household items including building materials, appliances, light fixtures, kitchen counters and much more, courtesy of National Bank.

Mr. Anthony Morton, Executive Manager Business Development and Marketing, shared his excitement about the launch of the new mortgage: “OWN Mortgage represents a significant step towards making the dream of homeownership a reality for every Kittitian and Nevisian. With flexible terms, low-interest rates, and a commitment to empowering our communities, we believe OWN will transform lives and bolster our local economy.”

OWN Mortgage is poised to deliver yet another affordable home mortgage solution from National Bank, offering customers another path to securing their OWN home.

ABOUT ST. KITTS-NEVIS-ANGUILLA NATIONAL BANK LIMITED

St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited is a premier financial institution in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union that has served the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis for 52 years, with assets of over $3 billion, more than $2 billion in deposits, and a loan portfolio in excess of $1 billion.

National Bank is listed on the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange with over five thousand (5,000) shareholders, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis owning the largest stake.

With an unwavering commitment to national development, National Bank offers a comprehensive suite of innovative financial services that enables achievement of individual goals, drives business success, and empowers communities.

 

Media Contact: Shirna Pemberton
Position: Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone: (O) +1 (869) 465-2204 Ext. 1622 (M): +1(869) 662-7260
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.sknanb.com


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