12 Jan

Musical Instrument Hand Over

Handing Over Ceremony of Musical Instruments

Heritage Gives Back to the community!
Friday, June 12th 2015 at 1:30 p.m. was a special occasion not only for the students of St. Luke Methodist School, but also for Heritage Bank, who demonstrated its corporate social responsibility in a meaningful way. Through the ‘Music in Schools Program', a well established initiative of the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young since 1993 and which benefits over 100 schools and youth groups in Belize, Heritage Bank donated Wind Instruments (3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones and 1 French Horn) to St. Luke’s Purple Spirit Marching Band.
The handing over ceremony was held at St. Luke’s Methodist Church where the beneficiaries of the gifts, the students, were in attendance. The children were all enthusiastic and excited to see the shiny new instruments most wishing to get their hands on them to bring them to life with the melodious sounds that they demonstrate year after year in the Love FM Band Fest, Love FM Christmas parade, Methodist Youth Conference parade, Child Stimulation Month parade for preschools and other functions.
Our Managing Director delivered the Remarks, pointing out that St. Luke Methodist School has benefited from Music In School Program and is a good example of what is possible with limited resources but committed leadership. After 3 years of 3rd place finishes the School won the prestigious 1st place in Band Fest Competition in 2007. Since then it won 1st place in Drumline Competition every year except 2011 when the band did not compete. This year 2015 the band placed 2nd in the Drum Core Competition.
St. Luke takes their music program very seriously and it is for that reason Heritage is very proud to provide the additional instruments to expand their music program while helping those who might be less fortunate.
It was a compact Agenda with Reverend C. David Goff, OBE and Superintendent Wesley Circuit who gave the Opening Prayer and blessed all in attendance. The symbolic Handing Over Ceremony was delivered by Mr. Duncan, His Excellency, the Principal of St. Luke, Mrs. Bodden and the Purple Spirit Marching Band Manager, Mrs. Wade. Reverend C. Bernard Duncan gave the Closing Prayer. The ceremony concluded with two performances from the Purple Spirit Marching Band.
12 Jan

Spelling Bee

B&B National Spelling Bee - "Championing Academic Excellence"

Heritage Bank was a Proud Gold Sponsor of this event and is happy to demonstrate its Corporate Social Responsibility by supporting this popular educational initiative. Five Thousand Dollars, personalized Heritage Gift Cards and Gift Bags were donated as prizes!
For twenty-three years Bowen & Bowen, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, has sponsored the National Spelling Bee in Belize. The Bee has given over twelve thousand students from all over Belize a chance to have their academic excellence honored.
11 Jan

Youths Summer Program

"Heritage Builds Up Our Youths" Summer Program 2016

In Summer 2016, Heritage Bank championed a life skill educational program, an initiative of Eastern Division South headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chester Williams, in order to find a positive alternative for our youths during the summer vacation.
The program catered for 50 in and out of school youths between the ages of 10 to 17 years from Southside Belize City and ran for three cycles during the summer holidays. The first fold of activities, called “Life Tour” gave the youths an appreciation of what one goes through when involved in crime and violence.

The youths were taken to different hot spots within the city then transported to the Police station and taken to the court, the prison and thereafter to the cemetery. The second fold of the program, “Knowing Your Country”, gave the youths an opportunity to visit four corners of our jewel highlighting its history and diversity, an alternative to the crime life. The youths

also had the opportunity to have some of the athletes from Eastern Division South participating with them in order to show that one can opt and rise to a different life- style than what they know. In the North, the youths were taken to Lamanai and Blue Creek. To the West they were introduced to the border, taken to Xunantunich and the Iguana Farm in San Ignacio with a city tour of Belmopan. In the South they saw the Culture Capital, Dangriga, and they visited Placencia & Seine Bight stop- ping at different archaeological sites in the immediate vicinity.

Heritage is pleased to have partnered with the police in sponsoring $5,000 to this initiative, which is part of a wider program, Southside Youth Services Project, aimed at giving at risk youths a pathway to employment or back into formal education.