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Taiwan Embassy hands-over $200,000 for Inspiration Center Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 October 2012 00:00

Kim Barrow-Simplis receives cheque fro H.E. David C. K. WuThe Republic of China (Taiwan) will celebrate its 101st National Day on October 10th. Taiwan is one of Belize’s closest allies and has always been a generous friend. Since he was named Ambassador to Belize, H.E. David C.K. Wu, made it clear that he will focus resources on cultural preservation and social development. Ambassador Wu continued to make good on his pledge on Tuesday, October 2nd, when he handed over a cheque for $200,000 to Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow. The donation represents half of the funds pledged by the Embassy and Government to the Inspiration Center project in 2011. This first portion of the donation was released to coincide with the start of construction of the Inspiration Center.


On Friday, September 28th, Mrs. Barrow and CARE-Belize Director, Mr. Evan Cowo signed a letter of intent awarding a contract for the construction of the Inspiration Center to Usher Construction. Mr. Robert Usher, Proprietor of the construction company, estimates that it will take approximately a year and 1.8 million dollars to build the center.

Mrs. Barrow and Mr. Cowo express their gratitude to the Taiwanese government for their continued generosity to this project and to Belize. That full pledge of $400,000, along with the proceeds of the Inspiration Telethon, made it possible for the Inspiration Center project to advance with its construction phase. A telethon was held for the construction of the Inspiration Center on June 30th and $1,093,368.66 was pledged by corporate and individual donors. 

The Special Envoy’s office would like to thank all those who contributed to the Inspiration Center. That support, whether big or small, will directly enhance the life of children with disabilities in Belize! The fundraising for this project continues as approximately a million dollars more is needed to complete construction as well as to equip and furnish the center. As such, the office is already planning its second annual telethon, scheduled for June 1st, 2013, and is once again teaming up with McNab Designs to produce a yearly agenda, the proceeds of which will go towards the Inspiration Center.