Jermain Defoe Foundation to rescue “vulnerable and disadvantaged children” in the south

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Jermain Defoe Foundation to rescue “vulnerable and disadvantaged children” in the south
Jermain Defoe was born in the United Kingdom but his mother is Saint Lucian.
Jermain Defoe was born in the United Kingdom but his mother is Saint Lucian.

An organization which is aimed at providing assistance and support to vulnerable youth in the south of the island has been launched.

The Jermain Defoe Foundation, named after English Premier League player Jermaine Defoe, who is of St Lucian parentage, was officially launched on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Vieux Fort Parliamentary Representative and Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has endorsed the organization and also promised government’s full support.

Among its more immediate plans, the Jermain Defoe Foundation will see to the construction of a shelter for vulnerable children and the establishment of a football academy for the youth of the south.

“I am aware that the Foundation’s first initiative will be to assist a local group in Vieux Fort to work on a shelter for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, many of whom are victims of abuse. I pledge my support for this initiative and look forward to a full briefing on the project and to receive a request for assistance from government,” Dr Anthony said as he presented a speech at Wednesday’s launch.

He added: “…A football academy will be launched and located in Vieux Fort. What is even more appealing about the Academy is that it won’t be just a football programme but will also involve a physical facility of international standard built right here in Vieux Fort. I am sure thousands of young boys and girls will be excited about this proposal.”

Dr. Anthony said he sees the Foundation as a natural complement to the shelter for disadvantaged children. He is particularly pleased that the organization will not only care for youngsters who have “fallen through the cracks” but also provide them an opportunity to develop their skills and pursue careers in football.

“The government stands ready to assist,” he reiterated, while acknowledging that “extraordinarily hard times” had diminished government resources.

“But government support does not have to be only in the form of financing. There are many other ways in which we can work together to make this project successful,” he assured.

Dr Anthony said his administration is willing to lease a piece of land in Vieux Fort to facilitate the erection of the football facility.

He took the opportunity to express gratitude to Defoe, his mother, and all who helped make the foundation possible.

Dr Anthony described Defoe as a dedicated St Lucian who has given St Lucia much support over the years.

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  1. Jermain and his family are totally comitted to St Lucia and offering opportunities to the young people. Looking forward to supporting the family's work.

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  2. Vieux fort childrens home needs to become a reality. They have the land, a dedicated team of volunteers do jumble sales, run a charity shop, attend events face painting, making jam etc. Mr Defoes assistance may be what turns the dream into a reality.

    How can u say why vieux fort? Does everything have to go north of castries?

    The national stadium is completely under utilized in favour of the north, yet it is more accessible, has better parking, is near to the airport.

    Time to recognise thefe is a st lucia south of castries!

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  3. He lost his cousin in an incident last year at a small hotel in the south of St Lucia,glad to know this has not deterred his efforts.

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  4. Thanks Jermain! If you forget where you came from, then you will never find your right path, hence the reason why so many people are lost...and with all their money, they are still in need. May the light of Saint Lucy forever guide your way.
    From one Son of Helen, to another!

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  5. This is an opportunist .Get the details of the foundation and the self-serving nature of sheep in wolf's clothing.Why Vieux-Fort? No roots ?????????Watch out!!!!!!!!!

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    • Perhaps the Vieux-Fort area is more populated? The opportunity I see here is the wholesome satisfaction of service, of giving back, try doing it and you will feel great...trust me.

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    • Hater Mark stop the hating, if u r St.Lucia do soomething great for your country. Greatttt initiative from the Defoe family.

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    • MARK THE HATER, STOP HATING AND DO SOMETHING GR8888888 FOR ST.LUCIA AND ST.LUCIANS. GREATTTTT JOB JERMAIN AND FAMILY.

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  6. once again Defoe pulls through. he is a very nice guy, I met him on his last trip to St Lucia when he visited the St Judes Hospital. very good. very good.

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  7. I hope Kenny Anthony is "leasing" the land at NO CHARGE!!!! This is for the youth. Not a money making venture.

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