More than 60 employees from Tokio Millennium Re, a Bermuda-based reinsurance firm, showed their community spirit yesterday, helping four charities with work ranging from digging out roots to preparing meals.
Tokio Millennium Re held its fourth annual Day of Giving which sees employees working on a variety of projects that benefit different parts of the Island’s community.
Kathleen Faries, Head of Bermuda at Tokio Millennium Re, said: “While we sponsor a lot of sporting events, such as the Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series and the Tokio Triathlon, we also like to be hands on with our community commitment which is why we feel a Day of Giving is appropriate.”
She added: “It is a way for our employees to contribute to the community in which they work and live. I know they really enjoy it and look forward to the Day of Giving every year.”
This year, Tokio Millennium Re employees helped at Purvis Primary school, Meals on Wheels, the SPCA and the Bermuda Zoological Society.
Purvis is taking part in Greenrock’s Eco-School project which “aims to empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated learning”.
One group of employees got their hands dirty and their muscles sore installing garden beds and various plants, digging holes, building and painting bluebird boxes and helping to paint murals on the school walls.
Abbie Caldas, of Greenrock, said: “Greenrock is so appreciate of Tokio Millennium’s hard work. We want to thank them for volunteering their time to help Purvis Primary. Purvis is working on its eco-school accreditation and this is helping kick start their bio diversity action plan.”
Another group of employees boarded a boat to Trunk Island where they worked with the Zoological Society on a range of tasks including planting cedar trees, cutting down the invasive Casurina trees, digging grass out of the beach and clearing pathways.
Other personnel of Tokio Millennium Re spent the morning with Meals on Wheels helping to prepare and deliver meals and the afternoon was spent with the SPCA helping to clean the facilities.
Ms Faries added: “My colleagues from Tokio Millennium Re always come back with great stories about what they did and who they helped. Our offices in Zurich, Australia, London and Stamford also contribute in their own Day of Giving throughout the year. As a company, we feel it is very important to support the local community.”
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