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Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - A number of commercial entities, individual donors and well wishers converged at the Mount of Prayer at Coubaril on the weekend, to join in celebrating the first anniversary of the National Community Foundation (NCF), a humanitarian subsidiary body of the National Insurance Corporation, (NIC). Among the many dignitaries, were Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony and Mrs. Anthony and Governor General Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy.

Board member of the NCF Lucian Isidore says, over the past year the National Community Foundation has spent over sixty four thousand dollars in assisting needy causes. Isidore also extended NCF’s gratitude to their many monthly financial contributors. During the year, twenty firms made contributions to the NCF and approximately 15 students benefited from the NCF’s scholarship programme in August 2002.

Isidore indicated that thousands of dollars were spent in assisting students through its scholarship programme. Other beneficiaries include senior citizens’ homes, the homeless and members of the Ex-Service League.

Isidore noted that during the NCF’s first year in existence, it played a vital role inpositively changing the livelihood of many ordinary St. Lucians. However, Isidore predicted that there are some challenging times ahead.

“One of the enormous challenges facing the NCF in the coming years is to be able to position itself in a manner that allows the organization to remain a charitable institution, without creating a culture of dependence among current and potential beneficiaries,” Isidore said.

During the past year the NCF has established sub-committees responsible for older persons, persons with disabilities, pensioners, disadvantaged children, fund raising, public relations, the homeless, health and youth at risk.

A telethon organised by the NCF earlier this year netted just over $EC200, 000.

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