Friday, June 7, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
RBC Royal Bank is sponsoring a number of events in June to highlight RBC’s Blue Water Project–a global initiative to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable fresh water, now and for future generations.
RBC will celebrate the fourth annual Blue Water Day on June 14, 2013.
“Fresh, clean water is a very valuable resource on our islands,” said Nathaniel Beneby Jr, market head, personal banking in The Bahamas, Cayman and Turks & Caicos Islands.
“There are many things we can all do to preserve this precious commodity. We look forward to working with our clients and communities to make a difference in conserving water.”
June 10-14, RBC will display educational panels about water conservation in all of its banking centres across The Bahamas. Created by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), the panels teach about water ecosystems, how to be wise with water and why Bahamians should care.
“We encourage community members to stop by and learn what they can do to join in the effort to preserve our fresh water resources,” added Beneby.
On June 29, RBC is partnering with the BNT to organize an RBC Blue Water Community Makeover Project. On this day, volunteers will remove invasive Cattails plants from the Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park.
Community members (ages 18 and older) are invited to participate in the event, along with RBC employees and clients.
“Harrold and Wilson Ponds benefit surrounding neighborhoods in many ways,” said Portia Sweeting, BNT director of education. “This project will enhance the park, improve flood control in the nearby neighborhoods and residents will also experience an enhanced supply of fresh water. We are grateful to RBC for supporting this important clean-up activity.”
According to Sweeting, Harrold and Wilson Ponds have become overrun by the Cattails plants. The Cattails need to be removed before they crowd out more indigenous plants.
On June 13, June 27 and July 11, BNT will host 60-minute webinar sessions about water and water conservation. The webinars are free to the general public.
The webinars, educational panels and clean-up event are made possible by a charitable Blue Water Leadership grant RBC made to BNT in 2011 to aid in the conservation efforts of the natural resources of The Bahamas.