Staff from one of the Island’s leading reinsurers showed their commitment to the community yesterday [April 22] by helping the elderly, the young – and the entire Island.
This was Tokio Millennium Re’s third annual Day of Giving, and as this year’s event fell on Earth Day, the company focused its efforts on the environment.
For the event, staff in Bermuda helped touch up Lefroy House by getting it ready for spring, helped Victor Scott School become an eco-school, and worked with The National Trust, helping to clear up damage from Hurricanes Gonzalo and Fay.
This was also the second year in a row that the entire global company took part in projects in their own jurisdictions.
Edwin Jordan, Head of Bermuda at Tokio Millennium Re, said: “The Day of Giving is an important event to us. It gives our staff a chance to connect with the community and gives us, as a company, a chance to give back to the communities that we live and work in.
“This is the third year we have held this event in Bermuda and I look forward to continuing it for many years to come.”
At Lefroy House, staff planted flowers, raked leaves, washed vans and buses, and played bingo with the elderly residents.
“These residents are ‘salts of the earth’ who need our help,” added Tina Booth, co-coordinator of the Tokio Day of Giving. “It gives us a chance to give back to the residents who have helped make Bermuda what it is today.”
Alongside environmental charities Greenrock and Keep Bermuda Beautiful, Tokio staff worked with the teachers and staff at Victor Scott School to build an eco-school.
As part of the day, they painted a mural, planted flowers and plants, cleaned up litter and built bluebird boxes. “Supporting youth and the community is an important part of the culture at Tokio. Being able to help Victor Scott develop into an eco-school is a wonderful opportunity,” added Ms. Booth.
The third project involved working with the National Trust on one of its properties, Springfield and Gilbert Nature Reserve, which needed work after the double hurricane strike last year.
Springfield is one of Bermuda’s architectural treasures and an excellent example of plantation-style Bermudian architecture that features the Island’s most photographed buttery.
Mr Jordan added: “I know that the Tokio staff enjoy giving back and we hope our efforts go some way towards making Bermuda an even better place.”
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