In response to the national call to replenish stocks at the national blood bank, employees of Access Bank (Ghana), Monday, December 24, 2012, took time off their busy schedule to queue in donating blood.
The gesture by the employees comes at a crucial time especially during the Christmas season, which often records high motor accident cases and the lack of blood in the bank puts victims at risk.
The exercise at the forecourt of the Bank’s Head Office is expected to attract staff from over 20 branches in Accra and Tema, as well as members of the general public.
Speaking to the media, the Project Director, Mr. George Akoto, mentioned that the exercise formed part of the Bank's Employee Volunteering Programme which allows staff to offer their time, expertise and other resources to support project of real value to the communities in which the bank operates.
He said the kind gesture by the Employee group is part of a strategy to enhance efficiency of emergency services delivery in the country. “The group was partnering the National Blood Transfusion Service to realize our objective for this year but we shall continue to sustain our collaboration with other relevant bodies in the coming years to assure significant impact in this area”.
Similarly, staff of the Bank across the country are embarking on different volunteering projects aimed at giving back to society this yuletide.
In the Ashanti Region, over 70 staff members joined hands to refurbish part of the children’s ward at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and donate a brand new refrigerator with microwave oven for use by patients and hospital staff.
The volunteering team in Takoradi and its environs also donated some items to the Efia Nkwanta Regional hospital and settled the bills of four children detained for non-payment of bills. The group also spent a day with children on admission at the pediatric ward and treated them to food and drinks in the spirit of the season.
The Nyohini Children’s’ Home in Tamale was also the beneficiary institution for the volunteering project initiated by the Tamale staff of Access Bank. The orphanage, which was in a very bad state received donations in the form of baby courts and mattresses, sanitary items, mosquito nets and a table top fridge.
The Access Bank EVP enables all its employees to be innovative, creative and develop initiatives to build healthier and sustainable environments.
Over the last 3 years, Access Bank has similarly established landmark financing deals to support the growth of key economic sectors such Telecommunications, Oil and gas, Manufacturing and Agriculture.
The Bank has also continuously displayed a strong commitment to health and education issues by leveraging its people and financial resources to invest in successful educational programmes and projects in Ghana.
These contributions contributed to the Bank being adjudged as the Most Socially responsible Bank in Ghana for 2010.
Currently, Access Bank is one of the largest retail banks in Ghana serving over 175,000 customers across 39 locations in the country.
Access Bank has embarked on a number of social intervention programmes and initiatives since it started operations in 2009. This year, the Bank donated over $87,000 to the National Hajj committee to assist pilgrims during the Hajj.