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Reception honours Freedom to Flourish supporters 29 October 2007

BUSINESS and community groups working in support of the Freedom to Flourish strategy have been thanked by Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK for their ‘commitment to the Isle of Man’s future.’

Mr Brown welcomed guests to a reception in the Tynwald Buildings today (Monday October 29, 2007), held to honour Freedom to Flourish Champions and supporters of the Kenya Experience project.

There are now 24 Champions – organisations which have incorporated the Freedom to Flourish themes into such areas of their organisations as marketing, client relations, and staff development. The Kenya Experience, meanwhile, took ten Island youngsters to Kenya this summer to help with an aid project to provide clean drinking water.

The Chief Minister commented:

‘I was very pleased that these special guests were able to join me today for this small celebration of their commitment to the Isle of Man’s future – a commitment they have shown by their willingness to support the Island’s strategy to enhance our national identity.’

He also suggested that their outstanding response to the strategy was a clear indication of the importance business and the community now place on Freedom to Flourish as a means of working with Government to market the Isle of Man internationally, strengthen social cohesion and protect our unique identity.

‘The Island’s Government has a mandate to improve the quality of life of our residents and a mission to achieve this through economic growth. This strategy helps us deliver that mandate but also binds us together as organisations, individuals and charities within a community of common purpose.’

The Chief Minister added:

‘As a key component within the Freedom to Flourish strategy, our Champions Scheme offers an exciting opportunity to help our nation achieve its goals - today we have what has to be the most significant group of organisations ever assembled in the Island for such a purpose.’

Looking forward, Mr Brown said that in the months ahead Government would be looking at community and heritage as well as marketing issues to ensure the creation of an inclusive and comprehensive programme to enhance the Isle of Man’s national identity.

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