St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has made a $50,000 contribution towards the 2013/14 school sports programme. The money was handed over during the recent official launch of the 2013 School Sports Program under the theme, “Securing our Future through Education and Sporting Excellence.”
The amount is the second instalment of a three year $150,000.00 commitment to the School Sports Programme organised by the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports.
Speaking at the launch LUCELEC’s Corporate Communications Manager, Roger Joseph, noted the money was an investment in not just the school sports programme, but also the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports and the student athletes as St. Lucia prepares to host the Commonwealth Games in 2017.
“We’re helping to build capacity at the administrative level and on the sporting field, as we look forward to not only a successful hosting of the Games, but also to St. Lucia figuring prominently in the medal count. This support for the school sports programme is laying the foundation for these successes,” he explained.
LUCELEC has been singled out by the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports for its commitment to youth and sports. At the 2013 Sports Awards, the company was recognized for its “valuable contribution towards the development of sports.”
Mrs Fortuna Belrose, the Permanent Secretary in that Ministry, also praised LUCELEC for its significant support for sports. Last year alone, apart from the school sports programme, the electricity company contributed more than $100,000 to various sporting events, national organisations and clubs.
“We have had other corporate sponsors but in terms of the level of support and the commitment for the next three years by LUCELEC, that was a wonderful statement to make,” says Mrs Belrose.
Mr Joseph describes the philosophy of support as a national obligation coupled with the desire to see all Saint Lucians succeed.
“We see that big picture when we support sports. We are seeing young Saint Lucian athletes breaking the next international record, standing on the gold medal podium at the Olympics, and all the positives associated with these achievements. The potential is there and we are helping to identify, explore and nurture it,” he says.