The opening speech of Mrs Milankа Marа Karic president of Karic foundation.
And being completely aware of the responsibility I shall deliver my speech with pride and great fear which, I hope, you will not notice.
The Karic Foundation has decided to introduce this award drawing on previous experiences of other foundations and endowments, both here and worldwide, with the desire to encourage the spheres which we believe are basic to every community. Cicero said: Do not ask your country what it can do for you, ask yourself what you can do for your country. Later Winston Churchill and John Kennedy would repeat this sentence.
Bearing these words in mind, let this be a modest contribution of the Karic family to their homeland. Thus we may, by this small step, approach the greatness of benefactors such as Kapetan Misa, Tekelija, Kolarac, Spasic, Dundjerski or Luka Celovic, who are remembered, not because of the salt trade, or brewing industry, but by the material and spiritual heritage they endowed and built up for their people.
So, let this be a brick in that imposing building of our national endowments.