Governor Lisa Phillips yesterday, Tuesday 5 September 2017, held a reception at Plantation House in celebration of the International Day of Charity, paying particular attention to charities on St Helena.

In HE’s opening speech, Governor Lisa Phillips paid special tribute to all members of charities on St Helena and thanked them – for in some way or another – giving back to the community. She also acknowledged that the staff at Plantation donates their time voluntarily for the fundraising events she holds at the house.

Community Development Organisation Director, Isha Harris, said:

“I find it absolutely amazing that on this relatively small Island we have 45 charities – one for every 100 people. It says such great things about the community – that so many are willing to go the extra mile. One thing I found to be different when it comes to charities is that most people do charity work with passion because they care deeply and because they want to make a difference.

“Let me encourage you that you are having a huge impact, you are making lives better, making the Island richer and more colourful and keeping St Helena heritage and culture intact. Thank you all for the part you play in making St Helena the wonderful place that it is.”

Chairperson of the Community Development Organisation, Kirsty Joshua, added:

“I chose to be a part of the Community Development Organisation to support all civil society across the Island, to support you and put what you represent and want to achieve in the spotlight. I would like to encourage growth in this area, but also pay tribute, not just to you, but to those before us and those that will come after us, that enable community development action, and not just tonight but every day and night to come.”

The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitising and mobilising people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.

The date of 5 September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.

In keeping with the theme, guests made donations to the Disabled Persons Charity and/or sponsored HE, who will be doing the Pink Walk for Cancer Awareness on Sunday, 15 October 2017.

Four photos are attached to this release.

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6 September 2017


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