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Monday, May 7, 2007 – The National Volunteer Program which was organized especially for Cricket World Cup, has been hailed as one of the successes of the event. During an appreciation ceremony for the volunteers on April 30th, 2007, Chief Executive Officer of the Local Organizing Committee Dr. Ernest Hiliare described the volunteers as the “consciousness of the World Cup.” According to Dr. Hilaire, “for many of us at Cricket World Cup, the first sign that we were doing something right and that the event had something positive about it, was when we open up registration for volunteers. When we saw the number of persons who were applying it was just inspirational.”

Dr. Hilaire noted that the volunteers embodied the West Indian spirit of what the region could achieve. “I am convince as a West Indian that we can deliver a world class event,” he added. ”You are a shinning example of what Saint Lucia can offer. Continue to show Saint Lucia that we can achieve that highest standards.”

Those sentiments were echoed by the island's Governor General-Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, who was present at the appreciation ceremony. “We tend sometimes to underestimate our potential and to compare ourselves to others and to think that we are not so very good, Dame Pearlette said. “One of the legacies in my mind will be the National Voluntary Program, and one
of the legacies both at the individual and national levels is that we were able to show that we are among the best in the world.”

But the National Volunteer Program was not without its hitches. However Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the National Volunteer Programme NVP, Paula James said amidst the setbacks the volunteers were phenomenal. “For me its a pleasure because we had a lot of doubting Thomases' who said that Saint Lucians do not give anything for free; and when I got nine hundred and seventy-five applications I said yes! and we got it in a matter of weeks before we knew where we were going with the program. “You prove to the world that Saint Lucians can perform at the highest standard, with pride and joy without receiving remuneration, ” James added.

Now that the 2007 Cricket World Cup is over, Dr. Hilaire is concerned about the continuity of
the National Volunteer Program. “We have started something which is good, let us not allow it to fall. We had an occasion around which we rallied our people, our volunteers. Please do not allow the National Volunteer Program to become inactive and for Saint Lucia to have lost it.”

The volunteers worked in several areas, as ushers, transportation and administrative assistants,
and the VIP, and Park and Ride areas.

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