GECCU lends hand to Bishop’s student
Special Features
April 7, 2006
GECCU lends hand to Bishop’s student

GECCU (the General Employees Cooperative Credit Union) formed nearly 42 years ago, has established itself as the leading credit union in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

GECCU is the second largest such institution in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). It is second only to the Roseau Credit Union, in Dominica.{{more}}

They have attained that position through a process of mutual respect between staff and members.

That confidence was manifested with the acquisition of the $100 million and over 20,000 members landmark observed in a special ceremony last week Tuesday.

It was at that function that the case of 15-year-old Elecia Wickham was highlighted.

Elecia, a student of the Bishop’s College Kingstown, has been diagnosed with a renal problem. She is in “dire need of a kidney transplant” as outlined by GECCU’s Administrative Assistant Cornelia Moses.

But GECCU has undertaken the task of securing the approximately US$40,000 needed for the operation.

President Angela Martin exuded confidence that they will meet their goal when she spoke at a brief ceremony at GECCU’s headquarters last Monday afternoon.

The function saw the setting up of the Elecia Wickham Appeal Fund. GECCU initiated the venture with $1,500.

But that’s not the end of GECCU’s involvement with the matter. Martin noted that a large amount of money was required, and she expressed the hope that the “challenge will motivate members and others in the wider society to contribute.”

Martin outlined that “GECCU will find creative means to swell the fund.”

For Martin, gestures like this to assist needy persons come as fulfillment of the institution’s social responsibility.

“Gestures like this help others to see the tangible and intangible qualities that make GECCU unique,” Martin said.

Elecia’s mother Mathilda Wickham expressed gratitude to GECCU’s staff. She outlined that Elecia was in “capable hands” once GECCU became involved.