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Contact: Amanda-Faye Clarke


Monday, November 30, 2009  A local corporate entity has heeded government’s call for more corporate sector partnership in the development of education. ECOSun has donated solar water heaters to the Saint Mary's College, a gift which the school believes was well timed as it coincided with Energy Awareness Week, observed from the 22nd to the 28th  of December .


Principal of the St. Mary's College, Rohan Seon, says this gesture comes at a time when the local citizenry should be nurturing its awareness of efficient and effective energy consumption. The donation, he says, has brought this message to his students.


“It is such an excellent gesture because the equipment is valued at fifteen to sixteen thousand dollars. So, it is a significant contribution and for a company as small as ECOSun, that is just starting off. With such display of corporate social responsibility,  I certainly see them going far,” Seon said.


Chief Executive Officer of ECOSun, Dr. Allison Plummer, says her organization's mandate is to continually work to seek out opportunities, and alternative avenues to develop, assist and educate youth, a move she believes will work to lead youngsters into becoming leaders in various academic and vocational fields.


“ It fell right into our laps because every year we look to support some sort of charity. It was also appropriate to make the contribution during Energy Awareness Week. We've been part of the team at the Department of Sustainable Development, where  you have very passionate staff who take the environment and climate issues beyond their ordinary work,” Plumber remarked.


The donation of the two solar water-heating systems is valued at over thirteen thousand dollars.


Energy Awareness Week has been observed in Saint Lucia for the past seven years. This year's theme is “Combating Climate Change Through Energy Efficiency”.

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