The Giving Tree is a partnership between the bank and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and this year the initiative is being expanded covering children in need in Rarotonga, the Southern Group and, for the second time, the Northern Group Islands.
It is expected over 700 gifts will be delivered to children up to the age of 14.
BSP business manager Tutu Inamata and branch manager Tokoa Harmon launched the 2018 Giving Tree.
“BSP is proud to continue what will be the 10th year of the giving tree tradition. We are also excited to extend the programme by including the northern group islands, said Inamata.
“It’s great to provide gifts to kids and families in need and make sure they have a Merry Christmas.
“We thank and acknowledge our supporters: Air Rarotonga, Vonnias, CITC, Taio Shipping and Avarua Bakery. Air Rarotonga, and Taio Shipping are assisting with the transportation to the outer Islands. CITC and Vonnias are generously offering a 20 per cent discount on gifts provided you present your BSP Giving Tree tag on purchase.
Inamata says 750 gifts need to be purchased for children in Rarotonga and throughout 11 outer islands including Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro, Pukapuka, Palmerston, Manihiki, Penhryn, Nassau and Rakahanga.
“So please come in and visit BSP and get your Christmas tag. Wrapped gifts are to be returned to BSP by December 1.”
BSP and the Ministry of Internal Affairs are very thankful for the community’s continued support and generosity each year and once again looking forward to a very successful 2018 BSP Giving Tree.