A charity set up in 1985 with a major contribution from Akzo Nobel recently handed over a number of checks which brought the total amount of donations made over the GBP 2 million mark.
The Enkalon Foundation was formed in the wake of the Enkalon textile factory’s closure in Northern Ireland in 1982.
AKZO Nobel, parent company at the time, left a GBP 1 million legacy for the people of the country, which was invested by the foundation to provide income of more than GBP 100,000 a year to support a wide range of charitable projects.
The latest donations were recently made at a ceremony in Antrim, when checks were presented to more than 50 representatives of cross-community, self-help and disadvantaged groups.
Chairman of the foundation, Dr Roelof Schierbeek, said the initiative had been unique in the history of industrial relations and pioneered the modern concept of social partnership.
(Released: November 1, 2002)