By S. Williams
The Nevis Co-operative Credit Union (NCCU) in a brief ceremony on Thursday 9th March 2017 at the Ingle Blackett Building announced the winner of the Drive to Havana Promotion.
Garvin Ellerson Smithen of Stoney Groove was the name written on the card drawn and would therefore be the person receiving the Grand Prize of an all expense paid trip to the annual Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions Convention in Cuba, which will be held from the 16th to 21st June 2017.
Ralph Wharton, General Manager of Caribbean Confederation of Credit Union, drew the winning card.
The Drive to Havana Promotion was open to new and existing members of the Credit Union who successfully applied for car loans between 1st October 2016 and 28th February 2017. Radio ads were aired between such time on Von Radio and Freedom FM to publicize the promotion, and over 200 loan applications were processed.
Currently it is undecided when another such promotion would be made available through the Credit Union but the low loan rates, a key feature of the promotion, is still being offered but without a prize attached to it.
The Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) was established in 1972 in Dominica and currently comprises 366 organizations in 17 territories, including 15 Co-operative Bodies. The total affiliated Credit Unions is 265, total memberships is 1.8 million and the total assets of the Confederation amounts to US$3.2 billion, making the opportunity to attend the Convention a prize worth having.