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Lifeline and Special Envoy donates $3,500 to BCVI Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Lifeline Foundation makes donation to BCVIOn Tuesday, July 24, both the Lifeline Foundation and the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children presented cheques to the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) in honour of Rowan Garel's inspirational walk across Belize.


Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow wore two caps on Tuesday as she handed over cheques to Rowan Garel as a Founder and Director of the Lifeline Foundation and as Special Envoy for Women and Children. The ladies of Lifeline have long been advocates of inclusive education for children with disabilities. In a statement to the Guardian, Mrs. Barrow said, “Rowan is an incredibly brave boy and a true inspiration showing us all that it is possible to achieve great goals... even if you have a disability!” She continued, “With his Victoria Peak climb and now walk across Belize, he continues to advocate in his own way for the visually impaired, bringing attention and hope for people across the country. I applaud him and his family as well as the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired for their years of work on behalf of persons with visual impairments. I am happy that I was able to support them in this fundraising effort.”

Rowan Garel finished a 92-mile walk from the Belize border crossing in Benque to the parking lot of the BCVI on Monday, July 16. He did it to raise funds for the BCVI's annual summer camp for youths with no or low vision. Youths learn how to use abacus, read brail, computer skills and other techniques needed to pursue their education. The Lifeline Foundation donated $2,500 and the Special Envoy donated $1,000 to Rowan’s cause.