Lighting The Way

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, October 16, 2017: “As we light our deyas today and on the 18th, spreading light over darkness, on behalf of Republic, I urge each of us to draw deep upon the things that have kept us together and to take strength from the things that make us better as a people, as a community, as a nation.” These were the words shared by Republic Bank’s, General Manager – Corporate Operations & Process Improvement, Farid Antar, at the recent Divali Celebrations hosted by the Bank’s Centre City, Chaguanas Branch. The event, now 45 years running, was held at the Branch’s Car Park, before a large audience.

Antar added that it was important that one stays true to Divali’s universal lessons of giving and sharing. “This is a time for contemplation and for celebration. This is a time for each of us – regardless of our differences – to reflect on the things that make us the same; on how we can be and do better as citizens of this beautiful country.” he said.

Also present was Vishnu Charran, President of the Chaguanas Chamber of Commerce who said the celebration of Divali continues to embrace the divinity of light over darkness and extended his gratitude to the Bank on giving back to the community, during the occasion of Divali. “Thanks to Republic Bank for keeping the spirit of Divali alive in the Borough of Chaguanas and for reminding us through this season that there is still goodness in all of us as we continue to share the cheer, happiness and joy with those whom we come in contact with.” he said. His Excellency, Shri Bishwadip Dey, High Commissioner of India for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; His Worship, Gopaul Boodhan, Mayor for the Borough of Chaguanas; members of the Bank’s Executive Management Team and other management and staff of Republic Bank also shared in the celebrations. The event traditionally takes place three weeks before the holy day of Divali and attracts approximately 800 attendees, who are treated to a festive evening, filled with culture, talent and togetherness. Providing entertainment were the Susan Mohip Dance Group, Freeport Hindu School, NGC T&T Sweet Tassa All Girls Band and Sargam International Orchestra.

The highlight of the evening was the fashion show put on by members of staff and their families. Through its Power to Make a Difference programme, the Bank continues to preserve local cultural traditions, with a focus of building successful societies.

October 17, 2017
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