375 Youths in Citco’s Get Up and Run Camp! Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 00:00

Participants of the campOn Friday, August 19th, the Belize City “Get Up and Run!” youth summer camp came to an end. The summer camp taught discipline to youths of the city through sporting activities. Brads Neal was one of the camp coordinators. He said that while the camp only lasted for the summer he hopes that the young men and women take the lessons they have learnt and apply it throughout their lives.

There were three camp sites. The youths participated in basketball, football and Frisbee games at the Yarborough Green facility. At the Lopez Mateos Park they had volleyball games and track and field events and swimming lessons were given at the YWCA pool. 375 youths were registered in the camp. Mayor Moya explained that the camp was about much more than sports. She said the camp stressed the importance of dedication, discipline and commitment to healthy living. The Belize Family Life Association, Belize Mental Health Association, Belize Diabetes Association, Ministry of Health, Belize Amateur Athletics Association, Belize Red Cross and other organizations participated in the camps. President of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, Ned Pitts, was present at the closing ceremony. The association fully supports the Get Up and Run! program and at the opening of the camp Sonny Meighan, Spokesperson for the association, commended the council for deciding to extend the focus of its camp to include life lessons with the sporting 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 United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sponsored the camp. In addition to a financial donation of more than $90,000, UNICEF donated two kits that contained footballs, volleyballs, basketballs, Frisbees and various other sports equipment. The camp lasted for 5 weeks and employed 34 individuals. The participants were fed every day. UNICEF said that the objective of the Get Up and Run! program to promote healthy living is aligned with its goals for the entire country. Brads Neal said that the end of the camp cannot be the end of the program. He hopes that there will be follow up sessions for the youths throughout the year and he plans to do his part with basketball camps for kids.

During the five weeks of camp the Belize Red Cross facilitated free CPR training for individuals between the ages of 15 and 17 years old. 15 individuals received certificates of completion for that program.

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