The Makhzoumi Foundation donates $30,000 to the National Press Club of Canada Foundation Scholarships Fund.



    OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian journalism and communications
students will continue to have access to the National Press Club of Canada
Foundation scholarships for years to come thanks to the generous donation of
$30,000 by the Makhzoumi Foundation of Lebanon. The signing of the
contribution agreement took place on April 16, in front of more than 180
guests at the Sheraton Hotel in Ottawa, gathered to hear Mr. Fouad Makhzoumi,
Founder of the Makhzoumi Foundation, speak about Lebanon in the 21st Century.
    Mr. Makhzoumi, a successful Lebanese-born Canadian business man and
philanthropist, spoke about the importance of free journalism in modern
societies, particularly in the context of politics and democratic elections.
"Today, as you know, there are six TV stations in Lebanon: three in one
political camp, the other three in the other political camp. So it depends
which TV station you turn on, and you will create your own image about the
country," said Mr. Makhzoumi. "This is why we are working with the Press Club
today, to say it is time to work towards allowing fair and accurate
information to be portrayed about the media in general and Lebanon in
particular."
    Dr. Guy Félio, President of the National Press Club, presented Mr.
Makhzoumi and Mrs Makhzoumi, President of the Makhzoumi Foundation, lifetime
memberships to the Press Club in recognition of their contributions to the
scholarship fund and of their efforts to promote freedom of press. "As
Canadians, we are sometimes shielded from these realities in other countries,
and thus the importance of efforts to bring to light issues that constrict
freedom of press." said Dr. Félio.
    The NPCCF Scholarships program was designed to support Canadian students
in their education and will be awarding its first scholarships at the Club's
Spirit of Canada Gala, on May 12, 2009. Three bright and dedicated journalism
students will be given a total of $6,000 a year for the next three years.

    About the organizations

    The Makhzoumi Foundation, established in February 1997, was founded by Mr
Fouad Makhzoumi, who had a vision larger than a dream. He surrounded himself
with a dedicated team, whom hand in hand worked hard to make that dream become
a reality. The Foundation's Mission is working to reach a wide spectrum of the
Lebanese population and guide them to prepare themselves for a better life by
taking responsibility of their education enhancement, self responsibility and
independence as well as encouraging them to preserve the environment and take
preventive measures for good health care. Visit
http://www.makhzoumi-foundation.org for details.

    The NPCCF operates the National Press Club, founded in 1928. Today the
Press Club is thriving under a new business model and guided by a 10-person
Board of directors. Our mission is to provide a place where journalists and
newsmakers can meet and speak on issues of the day, to support press freedom
and reward and encourage excellence in journalism through awards and
scholarship programs. Visit www.pressclub.on.ca for details.




For further information:

For further information: Dr. Guy Félio, NPCCF President at
guy.felio@videotron.ca, (613) 266-0023

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