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Contact:  Shannon Lebourne


Tuesday 31 May 2011 As of next week, the National Community Foundation (NCF), will return to the drawing board to see what aspects of the national telethon can be improved next year.


Executive Director, Juliana Alfred says, although patrons were satisfied with the various attractions like the International Food Fair this year, organisers will be aiming to enhance the experience.


She says the NCF will also seek to incorporate one suggestion to get the Saint Lucian diaspora involved in pledging.


“I think the NCF has found the magic ingredients for the telethon. On Sunday we realised that we did what was necessary to ensure that we had a good crowd and a good environment where people felt relaxed and comfortable, and also to allow the corporate entities and individuals to make their pledges. For the NCF the Gaiety has tremendous possibilities for growth of the telethon, and as we did in previous years, we welcome comments on how we can make the national telethon a lot better.”


Meantime the Executive Director for the NCF says she is also very optimistic that the Foundation will be able to broaden its scope and reach to provide assistance to the vulnerable and needy as a result of the generosity from this year’s telethon.


“On an annual basis we spend $EC 500000 just on programmes and providing support, so as significant as $EC218,000—which is what that total pledge to date is—it is only a portion of what the NCF's budget is, in terms of implementing various programmes. “


The money collected at the telethon, Alfred says, will be used to supplement existing programmes.”

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