The FINANCIAL -- Blood donation, an awareness-raising race, different charity actions,
supporting sustainable development and environment protection - these
and many other events marked Citizen Commitment Week at Bank Republic.
In total 13 events were held within the framework of Citizen Commitment Week out of which three took place in Tbilisi and the others - in the regions.
Members of the Société Générale Group have been conducting Citizen Commitment Week for five years. All employees of the member bank are unanimous in their endeavours to make teamwork and socially beneficial actions a tradition.
Within the framework of the Citizen Commitment Week, the Bank raised funds for the socially vulnerable, donated blood to support children with leukaemia, and participated in the cancer awareness marathon Race for the Cure. The regional branches of Bank Republic also organized various social and charity events.
“Social responsibility is an integral part of the daily work of Bank Republic,” said Teiko Kandelaki, Head of the Corporate Communication Department CEO Office. “According to the policy of Société Générale Group , the Bank conducts Citizen Commitment Week every year, with the goal of making a social impact by providing support to those in need,” she added.
“Within the framework of this week we did useful work for society,” said Tiko Nadiradze, Corporate Communication Department Coordinator. “We asked the heads of our regional branches to find out what would be the best thing to do to support local communities. The main requests were to contribute to the well being of children, environment protection, and a healthy lifestyle,” she added.
As part of the Citizen Commitment Week, Bank Republic organized a one day blood donation drive to support children with leukaemia. More than 30 employees of Bank Republic gave blood for children suffering from leukaemia. “The children in the Iashvili hospital are undergoing a long process of treatment. They need blood every day. Sadly the blood bank lacks the volume of blood required, so that is why we decided to help them,” said Teiko Kandelaki.
Bank Republic participated in the marathon specially arranged for the fight against breast cancer by Women’s Health and Welfare Union Hera. “The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the diseases of the female reproductive system and promote timely prevention of cancer. Bank Republic is a long-term supporter of the marathon,” said Tiko Nadiradze.
Within the framework of the Citizen Commitment Week, the Bank organized a number of social events in the regions as well.
Zestaponi Branch employees and the NGO Together to the Future held a joint action concert for mentally disabled children in Free School, which nearly 100 students participated in. The Bank provided financial support to the school of mentally handicapped children Orion and the charity organization Together to the Future. “The Bank gave special Child Deposit vouchers to students of Free School and the school Anabasi. As well as this, the school received three encyclopaedias as presents from the Bank,” said Kandelaki.
Bank Republic promoted healthy lifestyle in Kutaisi with the International Relationship Centre of Children and Youth - Iuna Amico. 50 students from 9 schools participated in the event. “Children created paintings on the theme of Healthy Lifestyle, after which a special discussion was held. The Bank rewarded every participant with books and sweets. In addition three participants received Child Deposit Vouchers. A special calendar with the paintings of the children will be published soon,” said Nadiradze.
The employees of Telavi Branch visited Telavi orphanage and gave books to the children there. The Bank also assisted the orphanage with the money collected within the branch. Staff members of the Zugdidi branch supported the local public school in the event on environment protection. The Sighnaghi branch became friends with Temi Kedeli, the region’s socially vulnerable therapy union. Branch employees gave the gift of their time and energy to students by helping to clean up the house and the yard and spent a pleasant evening together with them.
“It is important that the union has its own café in which the students can work. In order to ensure that the residents and the guests of the city are aware of the café’s location, the Bank decided to finance an informative billboard for them,” said Kandelaki.
As for the future plans, Rustavi branch employees are going to take part in a charity concert, which will be held by the League of Mentally Challenged People’s Assistance and Integration. Money received from the supporters will be spent on the needs of the mentally handicapped children.
A photo exhibition of young photographers is going to be held in Poti. In regards to this, the whole space of the Poti branch will be devoted to the works of the art college students. Through this action the Bank will promote the further development of painting and photography in the city and also facilitate the popularity of the young artists.