Inspiration Telethon raises over $514K Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Inspiration Telethon Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children and Global Ambassador to Special Olympics, hosted a telethon to raise funds for a state of the art Inspiration Center that will cater specifically for children with disabilities and special needs on Saturday, June 1st. She set a target of 0,000 and once again Belizean generosity proved to be inspiring.

At the 6 p.m. close of the Inspiration Telethon, the total tally in donations and pledges was $514,132.85. The event was broadcast live on most local television and radio stations and local donors were able to make pledges by calling the telethon hotline at 0-800-INSPIRE (467-7473) or by visiting donation booths across the country. Foreign donors called 011-501-WISH (9497).

Numerous guest phone operators visited the Bliss to volunteer their time. Those included Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Gaspar Vega; Hon. Anthony Martinez; Hon. Patrick Faber, Hon. Herman Longsworth, Mayor Darrell Bradley, Sen. Juliet Thimbriel, CEO Judith Alpuche, Lifeline Foundation Directors, and a host of other volunteers. Huge donations were made by the Social Security Board, Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association. They each donated $50,000. The biggest donation was made by businessman, Jack Chawla. When it was a few minutes before the close of the telethon and the total tally was still almost a hundred thousand dollars short of the target, he decided to donate a check for whatever amount was needed at the time to meet the $500,000 target. That amounted to $92,015.97. After he made the donation Charles said, “Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow is giving the best of her life to these children so I thought definitely...we had to achieve a target and here we are.” 

Charles’ donation may have been the most memorable but the most inspiring were those of the little children who gave all their savings. Mrs. Barrow said, “Those are the moments when we really get emotional because they come with bags of one cents and five cents that they've been saving. They come with their bottles; it's not even the proper piggy banks so it's in whatever it is that they can put there monies in to bring it in.” She continued, “It just goes to show that we have really good people in Belize and just the thought that they are helping people, who can do absolutely nothing for them in return, speaks volumes.”

Last year’s telethon raised over a million dollars. The Inspiration Center building will cost roughly $3 million to construct. The Special Envoy hopes to have the center operational by the end of 2013.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:05