NCF to honor Laborie resident

The 2017 honoree has established a Donor Advised Fund with the NCF that enables persons to give back to the community.

The National Community Foundation (NCF), will pay homage to a resident of the village of Laborie during this year’s national telethon.

The NCF in 2015, introduced a new dimension to the national telethon that honors Saint Lucians whose benevolent gestures help improve the lives of others.

“We felt it was befitting to honor individuals who by their very actions and way of life, epitomize our mission and vision to care for the people in Saint Lucia, [especially because] our reach doesn’t extend to the entire community,” NCF Executive Director, Michelle Phillips, said. “So we decided instead to honor the persons who do that.”

The 2017 honoree is Hermina Amos, who was preceded by guitarist Ronald “Boo” Hinkson in 2016, and the first awardee, Sir Dunstan St. Omer, who received a posthumous award in 2015.

“Mrs. Amos is a normal citizen of Laborie who has made her mark in the things that she has done, the heart that she has for people,” Ms. Phillips explained. “She has set up what we call a Donor Advised Fund with the NCF. That fund has existed in excess of 10 years. What the Donor Advised Fund does, is if anybody wants to give back to the community but wants to do it anonymously, or doesn’t want to be influential in who gets help, they set up an account with the NCF and we administer it on their behalf.

“When we look at what we did with Sir Dunstan posthumously, we still have Mrs. Amos with us and we want to thank her in a tangible way while she is still alive.”

The NCF was established by an act of parliament in August 2002 and is a philanthropic, non-profit, non-governmental organization that functions primarily as a grant making institution. The national telethon will be held on May 28 from 1 – 6 p.m., at the Finance Administrative Centre at Pointe Seraphine.

Those interested in making donations before and after the telethon may do so via Bank of Saint Lucia, account #104511121; First National Bank, account #8405087; or by donating online at www.ncfstlucia.lc.

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