GUERNSEY women attending ABN AMRO’s Women at One lunch series helped put smiles back on the faces of 50 children with facial deformities last year.
During a year of supporting the charity Operation Smile, starting in September 2012, the bank had aimed to raise enough money to provide surgery for 25 children with problems such as cleft lips and cleft palates, at a cost of £150 each. The generosity of Guernsey’s community meant the target figure was doubled.
‘Operation Smile is a fantastic charity that provides this type of surgery to children in some of the poorest parts of the world. We are so grateful to the women who attended ABN AMRO’s Women at One series over the last 12 months and dug deep into their pockets for this worthy cause,’ said Graham Thoume, ABN AMRO’s managing director.
‘Alex Talbot, the charity’s chief executive, came over to speak at our Christmas 2012 lunch and has been massively supportive of what we achieved. The charity made us two posters with ‘before’ photos on and, as we raised the money they sent us the ‘after’ photos. I really do think this visual impact enabled us to raise the extra funds.’
Miss Talbot said the charity was delighted to have been chosen to work with the ABN AMRO Women at One series.
‘This network of highly motivated and passionate women have transformed so many children’s lives. These children will never know the names of these women but will never forget their kindness.’
This year ABN AMRO Women at One will be supporting the Tumaini Fund, which was set up 10 years ago by local physician, Dr Susan Wilson; it helps alleviate the suffering of AIDS widows and orphans in Tanzania.
The bank has an initial target of £2,000 but already managed to raise £500 at the last lunch where their speaker was Trevor Jones, who regularly goes out to Tanzania for the charity.
‘We are well on target to meet the initial goal of £2,000 to finish building a school which is the immediate priority. We will then put together a shopping list of much needed items, from a field motorbike and family houses to a sustainable goat and chicken projects,’ said Mr Thoume.
ABN AMRO’s Women at One lunches are run in conjunction with ABN by its founder, Jill Chadwick, who continues to drive it forward and ensure that the original on and off-island charity and community elements remain strong.
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