FirstCaribbean International Bank gives a lasting gift to the people of the Cayman Islands by aiding in the task of restoring the National Museum building which has been undergoing extensive renovation following the damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
‘The building is over 200 years old and is one of the few remaining examples of Caymanian architecture and workmanship. Restoring it requires a great deal of expertise and resources,’ explained Mr. Harris McCoy III, the National Museum’s chairman.
And when FirstCaribbean stepped in to assist, the Board of the National Museum was most appreciative.
‘In my time as chair, FirstCaribbean has been the first company outside of the Ministry of Culture to really come along and help us,’ said Mr. McCoy.
For FirstCaribbean, it was an act of goodwill that they felt would be meaningful to Cayman. ‘To celebrate our fifth anniversary as FirstCaribbean, each country management team in all 17 territories selected different causes to help,’ shared Anna McLean, regional director of compliance at FirstCaribbean.
‘The National Museum was close to our hearts and we know that the contribution we made will have a lasting effect for the people of the Cayman Islands,’ Ms McLean added.
To the museum’s board, the generosity of FirstCaribbean is noteworthy because it reiterates a deep and active involvement in the community.
‘We are grateful to FirstCaribbean in paving the way for more good corporate citizenship to help restore and preserve such an important Caymanian structure as the National Museum building. First-Caribbean gave us a much needed lift in spirits as the task to restore the building has been a really hard and very complicated one,’ Mr McCoy said.