Belize City Council Launches Get Up and Run Summer Camp Print E-mail
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Written by Shane B. Williams   
Thursday, 14 July 2011 00:00

Get Up and Run Summer Camp Coordinators.The Belize City Council’s “Get Up and Run” program has been largely successful. By spearheading group exercises, Citco has motivated a large number of residents to get in shape and pay more attention to their personal health. The height of its success has been seen the last few days in which dozens of residents made their way out to walk/run despite terrible weather conditions. The Belize City Council hopes to extend the success of the program to the larger community. Therefore, on Wednesday, July 13th, the Belize City Council and several other organizations launched the 1st Get Up and Run Summer Camp.

According to Mayor Zenaida Moya, the summer camp is focused on teaching discipline to youths of the city through sport activities. One organization that is dedicated to doing exactly that is the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association and Sonny Meighan, Spokesperson for the association, commended the council for deciding to extend the focus of its camp to include life lessons with thesporting events. He stressed the Olympic value of fairplay and said that he hopes fairplay is stressed by coordinators throughout the camp and then by participants throughout their lives.

The main sponsor of the camp is the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Mayor Moya said that UNICEF was happy to support the program. When the council presented their proposal UNICEF was impressed with their vision for the city because it is aligned with UNICEF’s national vision for the country. Before the opening of the camp on Wednesday, UNICEF handed over a cheque for $47,000 to the Belize City Council. In addition, UNICEF donated two kits that contained footballs, volleyballs, basketballs, Frisbees and various other sport equipments. They also sent a volunteer to help coordinate the events and will eventually hand over another $46,164.50.

As the Mayor explained, the camp is about much more than sports and games. While the most fun will undoubtedly be in the basketball, football, volleyball, track and field and other matches, the contributions of volunteers from the Belize Family Life Association, Belize Mental Health Association, Belize Diabetes Association, Ministry of Health, Belize Amateur Athletics Association, Belize Red Cross and other social partners are what may have the biggest impact on the lives of participating youths. These organizations will seek to stress the importance of dedication, discipline and commitment to holistic healthy living. 

Wednesday was the official opening; however, the camp has not officially kicked off as yet. The registration process continues and the council is expecting more than 600 people and hoping for better weather conditions. The venues of the camps are Lopez Mateos Park and Yarborough Field. Participants will be fed during the camps with a morning snack, afternoon lunch and evening snack. The camp officially starts on Monday and runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Interested individuals can visit the two sites or City Hall to register. The Red Cross will also be facilitating free CPR training for individuals between the ages of 15 and 17 years old.