BLOM BANK, in collaboration with the Lebanese Army and MasterCard, has organized a field trip under the theme “Removing Mines and Planting Trees” to the town of Souk El Ghareb, that has become mine-free thanks to the BLOM MasterCard “Giving” initiative that was launched in 2010. During the event, 500 pine trees and 100 olive trees were planted there in the presence of Mr. Saad Azhari – Chairman & General Manager of BLOM BANK, General Refaat Chokor- Deputy Chief of Staff-Operations representing the Lebanese Armed Forces Commander General Jean Kahwaji, General Imad Odaimy- Director of the Lebanon Mine Action Center, and Souk El Ghareb’s Head of Municipality Dr. Camil Nassar, Mr. Basel El Tell, Vice President and Regional Manager- Levant, MasterCard Worldwide, and hundreds of citizens from Souk El Ghareb and the neighboring towns. Mr. Azhari declared that it’s an honor for BLOM BANK to collaborate with MasterCard and the Lebanese Mine Action Center, which has shown great commitment and professionalism throughout its activities, and brought back optimism to the hearts of the Lebanese, hoping that in the near future all our lands will be mine-free. On his part, Mr. Basel El Tell, Vice President and Regional Manager- Levant, MasterCard Worldwide, affirmed MasterCard’s continued commitment to partner with BLOM BANK and the Lebanese Army under the BLOM MasterCard “Giving” program so as to create a safer environment for current and future Lebanese generations. Dr. Nassar thanked BLOM BANK, the Lebanese Army and MasterCard for this national initiative that confirms the Bank’s message of spreading Peace of Mind all over Lebanon. He also added that he wishes the Bank to proceed with this mission and that all of Lebanon will be reforested, for environment is at the core of our lives. BLOM BANK has launched the BLOM MasterCard “Giving” Card in collaboration with MasterCard in 2010, a first of its kind card in the world, which combines the benefits of holding a MasterCard credit or debit card and financially assisting the Lebanese Mine Action Center, a unit of the Lebanese Army Forces in charge of removing mines from all of Lebanon. In just two years, the Bank was able to assist in the removal of numerous mines and cluster bombs in various areas of Lebanon, when simply BLOM MasterCard “Giving” cardholders use their cards for purchases or ATM withdrawals. Today, the Bank takes on a new mission which is planting trees in all the demined areas of Lebanon. So far, the Bank has planted 400 olive trees in the region of Houla, 500 pine trees and 100 olive trees in the region of Souk El Ghareb.