Dominica Electricity Company (DOMLEC) has donated a total of $60,000 towards the staging of Carnival this year. Public Relations Officer, Adina Bellot-Valentine outlined the activities and organizations the company intends to sponsor this Carnival season at a press conference on Monday morning, held at the company’s office in Fond Cole.
She said in an effort to “spread the bread,” DOMLEC, while maintaining sponsorship of its traditional groups, has provided sponsorship for several other events and organizations, such as: The Afrikulture Stilt Walkers, Stardom Tent, Portsmouth Town Council, Thunderbirds Band, St. Mark’s New Vision Steel Band, Roseau Valley Enhancement Committee, Leo Club, Rotaract Club, DASPA Calypso Show, and the Rotary Club Souse and Punch Party.
Bellot-Valentine also said “We are also making available, in kind, $5,000 worth of electricity to the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) for the use in the stadium throughout the Carnival season, and that began on the opening — on 16th January — as well as other in-kind sponsorships to organizations, and providing T-shirts for Lapeau Kabwit bands, and so on.” She added, we at DOMLEC take great pride in being able to contribute to what is Dominican, and in uplifting our Dominican people, and we are pleased to help support and help develop Dominica’s carnival. We are happy to be giving back in tangible ways this year.”
She further explained that although sponsorship of a Carnival Queen contestant is not in the cards for DOMLEC this year, she believes that it is for the best, as it allows for several smaller donations to be made. “Four years ago was our most recent sponsorship, and I’m sure the DFC would have loved for us to come on board this year. Unfortunately, we believe that when we give sponsorship of this kind today, where we touch a number of organizations, it is more beneficial to the island’s culture in supporting more than one organization… the more organizations that we are able to support, the better it is for the island’s Carnival.”
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