PRESS RELEASE: Castries, ST. LUCIA, May 30th 2018 – With a target this year of XCD250,000 the National Community Foundation’s (NCF) telethon which was staged on Sunday May 27th is still striving to reach its goal with the support of longstanding corporate partners. Funds raised from the event support the organization’s programs of assistance to socially disadvantaged Saint Lucians.
On Wednesday, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank made a contribution to the 2018 drive when the bank hosted the NCF’s Executive Director Michelle Phillips. Mrs. Phillips, a former manager with CIBC FirstCaribbean, recalled that the partnership with the NCF Telethon dates back to the inception of the event. “This partnership has remained unbroken over the course of 18 years, so the bank can be assured that it has continued to give the National Community Foundation the assurance of reliable support that we strive to extend to Saint Lucia’s vulnerable citizens”, Mrs. Phillip said.
The NCF was established specifically to make financial, material and other forms of social support accessible to the economically vulnerable. Through its annual telethon the NCF provides scholarships for underprivileged children, assistance to the elderly, the homeless, persons with disabilities, as well as offers programs for youth at risk, and health care funding for persons with serious medical conditions.
In brief remarks, Branch Manager for Saint Lucia, Mrs. Smerna Pompelis, gave assurances of the bank’s continued partnership. “This is more so because the NCF promotes similar values as the CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure which raises funds annually to support the work of cancer support agencies in the region. “Both the NCF and Walk for the Cure exemplify the philosophy of ‘Koudmain’, or a helping hand on which our Saint Lucian society has been built”, Mrs. Pompelis concluded.