Hands Across the Caribbean raised funds for hurricane victims Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

Many countries in the Caribbean were affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Those especially devastated Dominica, Barbuda, and Puerto Rico and have left those and other countries and islands in states beyond repair. Especially compared to them, Belize was so graciously spared this hurricane season.

Despite the months that have passed since these hurricanes, there is still much left to do in these countries to return them to a state of normalcy; in an effort to assist our Caribbean brothers and sisters, several governmental as well as non-governmental organizations in Belize have been proactive in raising funds to donate to victims of hurricane.

One such initiative includes the Hands across the Caribbean Hurricane Relief Telethon. This telethon was organized by the Council of Churches in collaboration with the Belize City Council to raise funds in aid of the thousands of hurricane victims in Dominica, Antigua, and Barbuda. This event was held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and was used to encourage all Belizeans to donate generously.

Almost two months later, on Wednesday, December 20, 2011, the funds raised in this project were donated to the Belize Red Cross. A total of BZD $83, 089.95, made up of over 160 individual pledges, was presented to Lily Bowman, Director General, Belize Red Cross. An additional $15,000 from the Central Bank of Belize is expected to be handed over after the logistics are finalized.

The handing over of the cheque took place at a small and short ceremony at the Belize City Hall on December 20, 2017. Present were Mayor Darrel Bradley, Rev. Roosevelt Papouloute, Belize Council of Churches, Senator Rev. Ashley Rocke, and Ava Diaz-Sosa, Love Group of Companies.

According to Bowman, the donation will be further carried on to the International Red Cross which is compromised of 190 national Red Crosses. A discussion will be carried out to determine where the money would be most needed and therefore employed.

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