Soufriere Leve Ede on Sunday ended a successful telethon, to raise funds to assist unemployed young men in Soufriere.
The founder of the organisation, Emma Hippolyte, told St Lucia Times that people pledged $28,000.
But the organisers expect the figure to increase as the bank account to receive pledges remains open.
Hippolyte recalled that Soufriere Leve Ede held its first telethon in May last year
She disclosed that pledges on the day totalled $56,000.
However, she explained that the figure increased to $110,000.
That event last year was organised to support Soufriere’s mothers who are not working and their children.
The former Gros Islet MP said the organisers of the latest initiative are hoping for something similar.
However Hippolyte acknowledged that things are ‘tight’.
She recalled that several people called to support the latest telethon, despite not being in a position to contribute.
And Hippolyte expressed her gratitude to the artists who supported the virtual event.
She explained that their generous spirit, even while they themselves are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, is worthy of imitation.
The Soufriere Leve Ede founder also expressed gratitude to Doctor Almus Mc Dowell and his MBC Television for broadcasting the event.
In addition, she expressed gratitude to those who supported the event .
“It met it’s objective of raising the consciousness of the people,”she declared.
According to Hippolyte :”It’s only when we work together and s support each other that we will survive this difficult period.”
“We really have to look at creative ways of supporting each other,” she asserted.
Hippolyte, who is also the opposition labour party’s candiddate for Soufriere, noted that young fathers in the community are not working.
She explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the community hard.
She observed that many there work in the tourism industry.
Hippolyte said the telethon account is at Bank of St Lucia – 104530522.