The funds distributed throughout this year include $50,000 toward the purchase of ventilators and other required equipment for the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and more than $1million donated to various charities.
Among the organizations assisted were: AGE Concern Bermuda, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bermuda, Bermuda Diabetes Association, Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences, Bermuda National Trust, the Bermuda Red Cross, Bermuda School of Music, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Bermuda Zoological Society, the Coalition for the Protection of Children, Friends of Hospice and AGAPE House Hospice, Focus Substance Abuse Interventions Agency, the Family Centre, Habitat for Humanity, IMPACT Mentoring Academy, Meals on Wheels, Open Airways, PALS Cancer Care in Bermuda, The Eliza DoLittle Society, The Reading Clinic, The Salvation Army, Tomorrow’s Voices, Vision Bermuda, WindReach and the Women’s Resource Centre.
Throughout the pandemic, AXA XL has also augmented its commitment to education by providing specific support to several schools, namely IMPACT Mentoring Academy, CedarBridge Academy and Victor Scott Primary School. For example, during the initial phase of the pandemic, the company and individual colleagues purchased more than 50 computer tablets for Victor Scott Primary School students and collaborated with One Communications to assist the students with remote learning. AXA XL also continued its sponsorship of the school’s summer program.
Kennelyn Smith, Victor Scott Primary School Principal, said: “AXA XL is an asset to the Victor Scott School community.
“For a number of years, AXA XL has taken the school under its wing and for this we are ever so grateful. AXA XL is very targeted and focused with the support that they provide to the school. As a result of their continuous efforts, AXA XL has afforded our school with resources and opportunities that will enable our students to work to their full potential. AXA XL’s commitment to our
students has been exemplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the time of global strife, AXA XL rallied together and donated devices to the homes of our students. This resulted in an increase in the number of students who had access to teaching and learning during remote learning,” she said.
“The Victor Scott School community extends its heartfelt thanks to AXA XL for all that they have done thus far to support the educational endeavors of our students.”
Frank Amaral, CEO of One Communications, said earlier this year: “We are honoured to have collaborated with AXA XL on this critical initiative to provide complimentary internet services to students at Victor Scott without home internet access. As Bermuda diligently navigates the challenges of the pandemic, One Communications is committed to the success of the children in our