Employees of Standard Chartered Bank Ghana have carried out an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign at the Madina market in Accra.
It was also an opportunity to talk to traders, drivers and commuters about the new global Development Goals, ‘Project Everyone’ introduced by the United Nations.
Over 150 staff of the bank, drawn from its various branches in the Greater Accra Region, were led to the market by the Director of Business Clients, Yvonne Owusu-Adjapong and Head of Wealth Management, Setor Quashigah.
During the campaign, staff engaged in healthy and open discussions with drivers, commuters, traders and shoppers alike, about the dangers posed by the disease and its effect on the productivity.
Over 12,000 pieces of both male and female condoms were distributed together with some educational leaflets.
The HIV/AIDS awareness and Project Everyone campaigns, were in support of the Bank’s ‘Africa Employee Volunteering month’, during which staff are encouraged to volunteer time, skills and resources in support of the Bank’s community investment programmes which focus on Financial Education, Campaign against avoidable blindness, HIV/AIDS awareness campaign and care for the environment.
Each member of staff is expected to take three paid working days off to volunteer their services towards the community investment programmes of the Bank.
The ‘Africa Employee Volunteering Month’ spanned 21 September to October 20.
Staff of the Bank had already embarked on volunteering activities to the Odorgonno Senior High, Abossey Okai Spare Parts market and raised funds through a walk in Accra to fight avoidable blindness.
By: Norvan Acquah Hayford/citifmonline.com/Ghana