ATN's involvement in the local communities in which we operate reflects our long-standing commitment to meet the needs of underserved populations. ATN strives to provide services that improve the lives of individuals in the communities where we do business. We encourage our subsidiaries and employees to support programs that make a positive difference in their communities. Our community efforts are focused in three core areas:
Health Minister Zane DeSilva has joined forces with the island’s largest charitable organization to launch the 12-week fitness programme leading up to the May 5 Catlin End-to-End event.
Get Ready, Get Fit brochures, featuring the event’s lively 25th anniversary logo, will be placed in island mailboxes to encourage local residents to begin the training programme - which begins with a 45-minute walk on Sunday, February 12, and ends with the May 5 island-wide fundraiser. The brochure can also be downloaded from the End-to-End website www.bermudaendtoend.bm.
At a news conference today, Minister DeSilva joined Graham Pewter, CEO of Title Sponsor Catlin Bermuda, Frank Amaral, CEO of CellularOne, Platinum-level sponsor, and End-to-End chair Anne Mello in launching the event.
“This year is the 25th End-to-End event, and we are in celebration mode,” said Mrs. Mello. “We can claim to be the longest-running charitable event in Bermuda, and have raised more than $4 million for local charities over this time – making a huge difference in the lives of thousands of Bermuda residents.”
“It has already been a banner year for us, as we were named Best Community Project by the Best of Bermuda awards and the Best Products and Services Award by The Bermudian magazine,” she added. “While we are very pleased with our success, we want to make this our best event ever.”
Among the special events marking the anniversary are:
Funds raised in the 2012 event will support 7 charities, with an emphasis on youth, seniors and families.
The Catlin End-to-End event is organized by the Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust, and is sponsored by numerous local sponsors and more than 2,500 individual participants. The Catlin End-to-End’s mission is to be Bermuda’s premier annual charitable pledge event, committed to promoting the happiness and wellbeing of our island community through all-inclusive activities.
United Way of St. Thomas-St. John named Atlantic Tele-Network employees Gold winners of the organization's Employee Campaign Awards in recognition of their giving to the United Way's campaign.
Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) made a U.S. $50,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity Guyana which has helped provide homes to over 2,000 families in Guyana. The donation by GT&T, made at the company’s Brickdam office, reflects a long term commitment to invest in several social, health, sports and community development projects. Habitat homes in Guyana are built of reinforced concrete and are an average of 500 square feet with two bedrooms and plumbing.
The 2009 American Advertising Federation (AAF) Bowl-O-Rama was a strike for charity, raising funds for the Beacon Schools. Choice Communications was a corporate sponsor of the event. AAF-USVI President and Choice Communications Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kevin Hughes, presided over the event as the evening's "King Pin". He was exuberant about the event, very pleased with the sense of camaraderie and caring for the community and went on to say, "We've already been asked to expand the event for 2010."
BELLOWS FALLS, VT – (October 25, 2011) Sovernet Communications, a long supporter of the Vermont Foodbank, announced that it has raised $36,500 to support the Foodbank in helping Vermonters recovering from the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Sovernet collected donations from its customers and friends as part of its annual support for the Foodbank, matching contributions dollar for dollar to double the donation.
Shortly after Sovernet annual contribution drive for the Vermont Foodbank began, Tropical Storm Irene landed squarely on Vermont and made the everyday needs of the Foodbank even more immediate. Sovernet customers, always generous, dug deeper this year, with donations coming in from as far away as the UK. Over the past 5 years, Sovernet and its customers have supported the Foodbank with donations exceeding $95,000.
“This year the needs served by the Vermont Foodbank are greater than ever, especially after the damaging flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. We can always count on Sovernet to support the Vermont Foodbank and our work of ensuring that everyone in Vermont has enough to eat, but this year they have outdone themselves,” according to Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles.
“In these challenging times when many of our own staff, customers and neighbors have been dealing with the aftermath of flooding caused by Irene, it is wonderful to see such great support for the Vermont Foodbank,” said Sovernet CEO Rich Kendall.
ATN has committed to provide funding to support the Essex County Community Foundation’s (ECCF) efforts to assist Local Education Funds in the community. ECCF supports nearly every community in Essex County through this ongoing initiative. Thriving schools are a key indicator of the health of a community and as such ATN is dedicated to support local programs.