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10th Annual Ride Across Belize Fundraiser Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00


Chandra Cansino, the ride's organizer, says that this year, the ride will be held to assist the Red Cross' Soup Kitchen and the Belize Hospice Palliative Care Foundation. Cansino says that apart from a fundraising effort, the ride also encourages persons to live healthy lifestyles and the opportunity is also taken to promote the charitable organizations that will be assisted.

Lily Bowman, the Director General of the Red Cross, explains that over the years they have been providing soup every Wednesday to needy persons. They cater to anywhere between 75 and 125 persons every week. Additionally, they provide groceries, clothing and offer education on preventable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and others. But as time wears on, the funds from donor agencies are not as readily available and the kitchen now runs the risk of being closed down. Here is where the efforts of the SSB staff will prove invaluable since the funds raised will assist in keeping the kitchen and the other services opened for needy persons.

Also assisting needy persons is the Belize Hospice Palliative Care Foundation, which offers services to persons with terminal illnesses especially cancer. Public relations officer for the organization, Marilyn Aspinall, says the organization assists around 122 persons with making daily living more comfortable. They provide services which include day to day attention as well as providing adult diapers and milk for persons suffering from terminal diseases. The organization is volunteer based and persons who wish to assist can do so by calling 203-2901 or they can visit their offices at 13A Nurse Seay Street in Belize City.

For both the Red Cross and the Hospice, the Social Security Board Ride comes at an opportune time and Cansino urges anyone who can assist, to do so, since both organizations offer invaluable assistance to needy persons in the community.  The ride in the past has raised up to 90 thousand dollars and the hope that this figure is exceeded this year.

Registration for the ride will take place at the beginning with participants paying $25, which will be used for servicing during the ride which will include hydration and food. While the initiative of the Social security Board staff, the SSB itself matches any donation up to 25 thousand dollars.