Casa de Corazon is a children’s home located in Sangre Grande. PPGPL has a long- standing relationship with this home, having reconstructed the building under its Gift to the Nation project for 2013 and 2014. It is also one of the homes that receives funding from PPGPL’s Employees’- Small Change Initiative (employees drop their ‘small change’ into a special container which is collected and counted every Christmas.
Every dollar is also matched by PPGPL and donated to children’s homes for educational programmes.) On Tuesday November 7, 2017, Casa de Corazon (fondly called Casa) received a cheque from PPGPL valued at TT$132,442.00 for the renovation of its kitchen. Casa has applied for a licence under the Children’s Authority to access grants and funding. However in order to qualify for this licence, the home is required to meet specific criteria set out by the regulatory body.
The kitchen was identified as one of the critical areas in need of repair. In addition to the kitchen renovation, PPGPL will also undertake to repaint the building, and replace some furnishings.
PPGPL is pleased to provide Casa with a facelift this year, because a child’s environment plays an important part in his or her wellbeing. PPGPL hopes that with the company’s latest financial support, the children of Casa will feel more comfortable in their home as they continue to grow and flourish as children should.
From L-R: Dominic Rampersad, president, PPGPL, Kevin Cox, general manager, TTCS, Zalayhar Hassanali, patron, TTCS and Dr. Asante Le Blanc, vice chairman, TTCS all standing next to the Digital Mammography System.
On Thursday October 26, 2017, PPGPL in conjunction with the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society (TTCS) officially launched the digital mammography system. The unveiling of this system was planned to coincide with the TTCS’s move to its new temporary location on Dundonald Street POS, where the system has been installed. The digital mammography system is PPGPL’s Gift to the Nation project in recognition of the company’s 21st and 22nd safety milestones achieved in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Due to the overall cost of the system, PPGPL chose to part-fund the project over a two-year period. With a contribution of over $2 million TT dollars, PPGPL is the major sponsor of this system, which had a price tag of TT$4,319,100. Another organization contributed TT$1 million to off-set the balance of the costs.
A digital mammography machine promises to offer more patient comfort, better records management, and enhanced communication among medical professionals in screening clients for breast cancer. One of the major benefits of the project is that, at the TTCS, mammograms would continue to be available to the public at more affordable rates than private institutions. PPGPL’s ambition is to increase the cancer detection rate through early screening. The availability of affordable screening will certainly go a long way in combating the fight against cancer. PPGPL remains committed to this cause, as we believe that through awareness, education, and lifestyle changes, the incidents of cancer can be reduced, and the quality of life improved for patients. The company’s donation to TTCS is one of many social investments in the area of health. In 2015, PPGPL committed to donate 10 million US dollars in diagnostic equipment to the National Oncology Centre, and to this day, that financial commitment still stands.
For the past four years, PPGPL has participated in the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Drive. This global initiative, is the biggest volunteer activity to protect coasts, beaches and oceans. To date over 12 million persons around the world have assisted with the effort to ‘fight ocean trash.’ On September 16, 2017, team PPGPL joined with employees from the other subsidiaries of NGC, to have a greater impact on how much garbage could be removed. With garbage bags in-hand, the committee headed to Balandra Beach and Fishing Facility and ultimately removed over 1100 lbs of debris including rusted kitchen appliances, broken glass, bottle covers and caps; as well as nails, paper and plastic. PPGPL firmly believes in this cause and will continue its efforts to protect our environment for generations to come. In light of the recent flooding in several parts of Trinidad, it is PPGPL’s hope that next year we will remove less garbage from our nation’s shorelines.
Following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the NGC Group of Companies, comprising the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, National Energy Corporation, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited and NGC CNG, have been continuously working to provide relief efforts to the citizens of Dominica and other Caribbean territories. This ongoing effort is consistent with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago request to support our Caricom colleagues whose countries require urgent support and assistance. Earlier and in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the National Helicopter Services Limited, which is part-owned by NGC, immediately rendered assistance to Barbuda deploying a helicopter on the island for one week. Subsequently, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, on September 20, the company deployed another helicopter to Dominica to transport defence force personnel, who assisted in coordinating and providing relief assistance on the island. On Friday 29th September 2017, The National Energy Explorer, a supply vessel owned and operated by National Energy, sailed to Dominica and delivered six containers of aid materials to devastated Dominica.
One of the containers was filled with items donated by employees of the NGC Group, while the other containers were filled with donations from other companies and NGOs across Trinidad and Tobago. The NGC Group continues to work in conjunction with the Energy Chamber and other local donors to help restore Dominica, Barbuda and other Caribbean territories. These joint collaborative efforts have enabled local donors to quickly and efficiently route aid supplies to affected citizens. NGC Director Sham Mahabir volunteered to sail with the Explorer to Dominica and obtain a first-hand view of the situation on the ground while assisting in ensuring that the supplies were properly distributed.
As in the case of earlier natural disasters affecting the Caribbean, the employees of the NGC Group have responded to this latest unfortunate disaster and have generously donated cash, water, tarpaulins, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, cleaning supplies, canned and dry foods and building material. Other items shipped to Dominica included one hundred and seventy care packages and bulk items to facilitate quick and easy distribution. Chairman of the Group, Gerry C. Brooks emphasised, “The generosity of employees of the NGC Group was heart-warming. And, it comes on the heels of the government’s pledge to assist its Caricom neighbours in their time of need, despite our own challenges.” He noted that the devastation in Dominica is staggering and emphasised that, “The NGC Group is committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Caribbean citizens at this time. And giving true meaning to “Caricom”. The people of Trinidad and Tobago have always been a giving, caring people who do not hesitate to assist in whatever way we can, and our employees and suppliers have demonstrated this overwhelmingly. I am extremely heartened at the concern and level of response displayed by our Group employees and all of Trinidad and Tobago.”