Over 500 Volunteers to clean-up Belize City Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 May 2012 00:00

Over 500 Volunteers to clean-up Belize CityBelize and many other countries around the globe celebrate Labour Day on May 1. It is an annual holiday held to celebrate the economic and social contributions of the working class. Traditionally in Belize, it is a day to relax and spend time with family. However, that tradition is being changed by a recent initiative of the Belize City Council. For Labour Day 2012, Mayor Darrell Bradley and the Belize City Council launched the “Labour for Belize” campaign. It encourages residents of Belize City to take a couple hours out of their holiday and participate in a community project. That would mean labouring on the date specifically set for rest. Who would do such a thing?  On Tuesday, May 1, over five hundred people joined the council in cleanup projects across the city.  

Residents congregated at the San Cas Plaza at 6 a.m. and volunteered to be a part of the project. A “Labour for Belize” t-shirt was given to all who registered and Mayor Bradley expressed his appreciation in a brief address to the gathering. Bradley maintains his mantra that it is only the residents that can transform Belize City into the place we all want it to be. Organizations and institutions that participated in the campaign include Young’s Law Firm, Mapye’s Beauty Salon, RF&G Insurance, the Radisson, the Belize Family Life Association, Youth Connect, Nazarene Church, Yolanda Sedasey and friends, Benny’s, Hon. Mark King and the Lake I Committee, the Belize Scouts Association, Belize Girl Guides Association, Sunset Boulevard Crew, Muslim Community Church, Youth Progressing for the Future, the University of Belize, Wesley College, Caanan High School and Edward P. Yorke High Schools, Saint Catherine Academy, Wesley Primary, All Saints’, St. Mary’s, Queen Street Baptist and Grace Primary Schools.

Projects included the cleaning of Mahagony, Sartoon and Mopan Streets, the Northern Highway up to Haulover Bridge, Central American Boulevard, Pickstock Street, New Road, Euphrates Avenue and Marine Parade.

Trees were planted on Mahagony and Racecourse Streets and the Northern Highway. Garbage bins were painted on Albert and Regent Streets. Joe Bradley painted a sign on Racecourse Street that said, “No Litter, Let Your Community Glitter”.

Each individual and institution that participated in the Labour for Belize campaign will receive a certificate of recognition from the Belize City Council.

The Council also wishes to thank those that made contributions to the event. Those include Augusto Quan Ltd., Chon Saan Palace, Radisson Fort George Hotel, Li Chee, Sunny Side Bakery, Cambranes Bakery, San Cas Group, Usher Enterprise, Belize Maintenance Limited, Belize Waste Control, Young’s Law Firm, Kick Down Fence, Unity Outreach Ministry, Hofius, Wellworth, Bowen and Bowen and Premiere Charter.

Mayor Bradley plans to hold the event annually and hopes that such demonstration of civic pride lasts throughout the year.