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Monday 30 May 2011 The National Community Foundation (NCF) is now in a position to assist even more vulnerable, disadvantage and underprivileged citizens, thanks to the generosity of many people who donated to the 2011 National Telethon.


Saint Lucians from all dimensions of the society, in addition to visitors to the island and members of the Diplomatic Corps contributed to the worthy cause to the tune of $EC218, 000.


NCF's Executive Director Juliana Alfred says the Foundation is very pleased that it was able to surpass the initial target of $EC200, 000.


“From all reviews so far it has been one of our best telethons to date and we are extremely happy about that, we just want to say a sincere thank you to all who made the 2011 National Telethon possible”.


The funds collected at the telethon will be utilised to supplement the various programmes of the NCF.


Chairman of  NCF Father Francis Michelle says the foundation is still encouraging people to continue pledging even after the telethon because the demand for assistance from the foundation is very high.


“We want to give more because the needs far exceed our capacity to give, when you look at the scholarship programme there are many deprived students who cannot attend school were it not for the NCF many of them would not have been able to attain an education, when you look at the healthcare programme although we cannot  give one hundred percent we always try to give those in need half way so the more people give to the NCF the more we can do and we are so transparent because we have an annual financial report that tells people how their money is being  spent, so we want people to continue contributing so we can really make life for many of our Saint Lucians better.”


Individuals still wishing to make contributions to the National Community Foundation can do so by donating to the Bank of Saint Lucia Account #104511121 or First National Bank Account #8405087 or by contacting the Foundation’s office at 4536661 or 4560997.


The annual national telethon is the biggest fund raising activity of the NCF.

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