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Telethon to complete Inspiration Center - Work Well Underway Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Inspiration Center and H. E. David Wu joins Kim Simplis-Barrow on a tour of the CenterBelize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow, guided a tour of the Inspiration Center construction site on Tuesday, May 28th. The Inspiration Center is a rehabilitation facility that will provide therapy for children with disabilities from 0-16 years of age.


Mrs. Barrow was accompanied on the tour by Evan Cowo, Director of CARE-Belize. CARE-Belize will manage the center upon completion. Services that will be offered at the center include physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy and psychological care. According to Mrs. Barrow, there will also be recreation, sports, arts and culture, and disability awareness programmes at the center. She said that many of the services that will be offered at the center are not currently available in Belize so, the opening of the center will greatly benefit Belizeans living with special needs.

Belize has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the goal is to reach full inclusion of people with disabilities in our public institutions and activities. Cowo says that the Inspiration Center will be a place of reverse inclusion. Though it is primarily for children with special needs, “normal” children will be welcomed as well. The center will also serve as a community center with after-school programmes for children from surrounding communities. Cowo says that soon people may look at this practice as an effective model of inclusion. The center is located at 1 ½ Mile on the George Price Highway.

 The building will cost roughly $3 million to construct. A telethon was held on June 30th of last year in an effort to raise funds for the center. The final tally in pledges and donations at the closing of the Inspiration Telethon was $1,093,368.66. Huge donations were made by the Belize Social Security Board, which pledged $150,000 to be paid over three years; Belize Telemedia Limited committed to $60,000 and Fyffes and Belize Sugar Industries donated $50,000 each. Hon. Anthony Martinez, Minister of Human Development and Social Transformation, announced a $250,000 pledge from the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project.

 Another telethon will be held on Saturday, June 1st. Mrs. Barrow said, “The target is $500,000 but we would love to reach a million again.” Belizeans and friends at home and abroad are asked to kindly donate to the construction of the center. The telethon at the Bliss will start at 8 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. It will be aired live locally on Wave Radio, Wave Television and other local television and radio stations. People from abroad can tune in via the internet at www.belizeweb.com. Individuals wishing to donate can do so by making a cash donation, purchasing “Inspiration Center” items or donating specialized equipment for the construction of the center. Donations can be made by calling the telethon hotline at 0-800-INSPIRE (467-7473), while international donors can dial 011-501-WISH (9497). Individuals can also visit the Bliss Center  in Belize City, Sky City Supermarket in Ladyville, Departure Lounge at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, Bistro Mestizo Restaurant in San Pedro, Jan’s Place in Caye Caulker, Cane Farmers Association’s parking lot in Corozal, People’s Store in Orange Walk, Corker’s in Belmopan, Scotia Bank in Spanish Lookout, Atlantic Bank in San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Heritage Bank in Benque, Tipsy Tuna in Placencia, Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga and Central Park in Punta Gorda.