CEO of Capital Markets Elite Group, Duke Pollard is calling on other businesses in Trinidad and Tobago to join him in helping the unemployed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
For his part, Pollard will assist 500 families who have experienced loss of income since the Public Health Regulations and the Stay at Home order were announced last month. Many businesses have had to close their doors because they could not be sustained during these challenging times. As a result, some employees don’t have a salary to look forward to in the upcoming weeks.
In response to the plight, Pollard decided to offer assistance to the less fortunate by distributing food hampers to those who need it most.
“My decision to do this came from a space of spirituality. Once you are blessed, you give back,” said Pollard.
Pollard is the founder and CEO of Capital Markets Elite Group, a full-service advisory firm offering brokerage and investment services with access to international markets through online platforms. The business started in 2013 and is registered with the TT Securities and Exchange Commission.
The distribution of food hampers will be done through the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s social arm ISOS (I Support Our Service) who will make the distributions this week. While the ISOS campaign is known on social media as a platform to highlight and support the good work police officers do, the campaign has a second tier which looks at assisting the communities these officers serve.
At present, the hampers are stored at the Police Academy and will be delivered, under supervision, to Police Stations. Designated teams, in turn, will share these hampers in respective communities with people whom are considered to be in dire need.
Pollard was grateful for the assistance of Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith who was instrumental in the co-ordination and arrangement of delivery by assigning Commander Kirk Jean-Baptiste.
In addition to the goods, the youngsters in the families will enjoy a football included in the hamper. The footballs come courtesy technical director of the Football Factory and national senior men’s coach Terry Fenwick. “We thought that the children could find some enjoyment while we continue to observe the Ministry of Health’s stay at home protocols. In addition, they will get some good exercise,” Pollard added.
Pollard said this initiative is not only about what is happening presently as the country deals with Covid-19. There must be consideration as to what happens post Covid-19, he added. “This is what pushed me, from a corporate social standpoint. Once other businesses understand this, and find a way to assist, we can help get our country back on track,” he said.