The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Groups and in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances in Saint Lu­cia will ben­e­fit from a do­na­tion by a group of cor­po­rate part­ners, in­clud­ing CIBC FirstCaribbean, as part of the Na­tional Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion's an­nual telethon. This is the 13th year for NCF Telethon, with $147,000 be­ing raised. The bank re­cently pre­sented its cheque to the NCF's Michelle Phillips.

The NCF is a non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion charged with mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in com­mu­ni­ties is­land-wide through em­pow­er­ment and so­cial im­prove­ments. Through its an­nual telethon the or­gan­i­sa­tion is able to raise funds needed to pos­i­tively im­pact a wide cross-sec­tion of so­cially dis­ad­van­taged per­sons in­clud­ing youth at risk, the el­derly, and un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren who will ben­e­fit from schol­ar­ship pro­grammes, the home­less, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, as well as per­sons with se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions.

CIBC FirstCaribbean's Coun­try Man­ager, Ladesa James-Wil­liams noted, “We place a high value on Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity and do­ing our part to bet­ter the lives of those around us, whether through our own pro­grammes or by part­ner­ing with or­gan­i­sa­tions that sup­port the wider com­mu­nity as well. The NCF is one such en­tity that has made a con­sis­tent pos­i­tive im­pact in our so­ci­ety, since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1979, and so it is a nat­u­ral fit to lend our sup­port. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to sup­port Saint Lu­cia through this as­so­ci­a­tion and oth­ers like it.”

So­raya Warner-Gus­tave, Se­nior Cor­po­rate Man­ager of CIBC, with NCF’s Michelle Phillips.

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