Scotiabank and the Shaggy Foundation: Continuing to Make a Difference

Kingston. December 31, 2013 - The January 4, 2014 staging of the biennial Shaggy and Friends benefit concert is set to wow patrons in its usual fine style on the lawns of Kings House. This year' goal of furnishing the first catheterisation laboratory for children of in the English speaking Caribbean is its most ambitious yet and Scotiabank Jamaica is pleased to play its' part in contributing towards this very worthy cause.

Scotiabank's support of the fundraising event includes financial sponsorship as well as providing 100 ScotiaVolunteers to serve at the event in various capacities, but primarily to manage ticket collections. Scotiabank volunteers will also host a designated pledge tent, equipped with point of sale machines to accept donations via debit and credit card while at the event. "Patrons who attend this concert will be treated to the high standards of customer service which each person receives when they interact with a Scotiabanker, whether in the branch, on the phone or online. Our volunteer corps is highly skilled, and eager to give their support to ensure this event is successful by helping to enhance each patron's experience of what already promises to be a fantastic show," said Joylene Griffiths-Irving, Director Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director, ScotiaFoundation.

She added that: "The ScotiaFoundation is committed to the development of health care, particularly for our precious children. We are particularly pleased with the scope for this year's staging as it shows that the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation is steadfast in going the distance nationally and regionally; Scotiabank is only too happy to contribute to this journey."

The 2012 staging of the event saw Scotiabank providing over 200 volunteers who provided excellent expertise in several integral areas including, backstage, artiste care, security and gate and parking control. The 2014 staging will see the pleasant and professional ScotiaVolunteers again out in full service and outdoing themselves to help to guarantee a positive memorable event. "We are so grateful for the continued love and support from Scotiabank and the ScotiaVolunteers; their continued generosity in cash, kind, time and service help to reaffirm our commitment to making a difference in Jamaica" said Rebecca Packer, Director of the Shaggy Foundation. "Scotia's presence as a repeat corporate sponsor speaks volumes to the organisation's commitment to giving back, and the assistance of its volunteers reassures us that our usual high level of production will be maintained," Rebecca concluded.

"The Shaggy and Friends concert embodies the generous 'can do spirit' of our Jamaican people. This is perhaps even more apparently by the presence of the 2014 headliner, our own Tessanne Chin, who unified Jamaica and the Caribbean at home and abroad in her bid to win the prestigious "The Voice" competition. Tessanne, The Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation and its' continued good works are a reflection of the Scotiabank standard of excellence," stated Mrs Griffiths-Irving. "We are therefore proud to continued our support of this worthy cause and encourage Jamaica to come out and 'make a difference' with us on January 4th."