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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Monday, February 10, 2003 - Director of the Blind Welfare Association Anthony Avril has made an appeal to community organizations to come forward and assist the association which is in dire financial straits. Avril was at the time expressing his appreciation to the St. Lucia International Association for a cheque donation, made on Thursday February 6, 2003.

“This presentation is quite timely as the Association has been wrestling and struggling with a terrible financial problem throughout last year and all indications are, it is going to continue in 2003,” Avril said.

The Director added that the Blind Welfare Association needed more funds to support its programmes.

“Most of the services that we offer are not income generating. They have to be subsidised. Our multi-handicap service for example –most of the children that are beneficiaries of this programme, come from deprived homes. We have the eye health programme and we are trying to see if we can make an arrangement to provide some paediatric intervention for a number of children that are in need of paediatric eye surgery. This is a huge project and we’re trying to see if we can implement this project in August this year.”

Chairman of the International Association Angus Philogene says the members made up of some eighty returning St. Lucian migrants, recently earmarked a charitable organization for assistance. Philogene explained this is one way of giving back to the community. He noted that the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association is the first beneficiary.

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