The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) yesterday publicly exercised its corporate/social responsibility by aiding a visually impaired woman who recently lost her cellular phone.
Stacey Greaves, a Rehabilitation Technician attached to the Palms Geriatric Home, was on Wednesday of last week robbed of her mobile device during a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting at St John’s College.
A smiling Stacey Greaves (at centre) displays her new cellular phone. She is flanked by the GT&T Public Relations team of Allison Parker (left) and Nadia DeAbreu.
Greaves’ story was in fact detailed in the Thursday (March 20) edition of this publication, which contained remarks from Senior Member of the Guyana Association for the Visually Impaired (GAVI), Leon Amsterdam, who described the treatment meted out to Greaves as “extremely insensitive.”
While the circumstances leading to the woman’s phone being taken has raised much concern in the differently-able society, it also served to invoke the sympathy of a number of officials at GT&T who upon reading the article in this publication immediately decided to extend a helping hand.
Moreover, a team made up of Senior Public Relations Officer, Allison Parker, and Public Relations Officer, Nadia DeAbreu, trekked the short distance from GT&T’s Brickdam, Georgetown Head Office, over to the Palms Geriatric Home (a building away), to deliver the small but relatively important package to a very grateful Greaves.
According to Parker, the move to present a brand new Samsung mobile device to Greaves was in fact a natural undertaking.
“These are things we (GT&T) do all the time, but we don’t always make a big noise about them. So in essence we are just doing what we are accustomed to. We do this all the time, because we feel as our corporate/social responsibility we should do these things, and that is why we are here today,” Parker asserted.
Adding her voice to Greaves’ situation, DeAbreu considered how vulnerable one can feel without their phone.
“When we, who are blessed to have our abilities intact, lose our phones we can feel so naked without it sometimes. We are so happy that we can help.”
According to an overwhelmed Greaves, “I am so grateful…Really and truly I did not expect to get a phone from them today.” The woman recalled that she was pleasantly surprised when she arrived at work yesterday and was informed that “somebody from GT&T was here to you.”
“I would really like to say thanks to GT&T and Kaieteur News for highlighting my situation…I feel so empowered right now,” said a beaming Greaves.
The Samsung phone, complete with a wealth of features and accessories, donated to Greaves is one that is simple to use and especially suited to cater to the communication needs of the visually impaired woman.