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Oct 7, 2016

Funds Needed to Pay for Air Ambulances

Yvette Burks

Yvette Burks of Burn Victim Mercy Fund is asking for assistance to repay a loan she took out to cover the cost of airlifting the burn victims to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. She told News Five that it’s a process to replenish monies spent in order to help future burn victims.


Yvette Burks, Burn Victim Mercy Fund

“At first the air ambulances were insisting that they needed two planes and I can’t even hardly afford the first one, much less two. And when I say afford it, of course I am fronting for the airplanes, but it is all in the form of a loan and I will need to repay it the way I’ve always done it over all the years. And so we are dependent on donations to help with that so that we can help children in the future.  I have taken the leap of fate as I have continued to do. The public needs to know that the money is paid; the money is committed; that I am not begging for the money and then I will do it. I have done it; I have put the money and that is the difference in the way that I have always run this particular program. The Rotary Club of Belize Gift of Life Program which is also one of my charities is also committed to this program and that is automatically going to be the budget of one heart patient which amounts for some four thousand dollars. I have other supporters and I haven’t gotten their permission to call their names. But I have some supporters that I know I can count on. There is a couple who contributes five thousand dollars to ever child that I have ever assisted by air ambulance over the past ten years. And so I know that I won’t have to carry a hundred percent of the cost, but I am reaching out to the public…if you can afford to, you want to afford to, contribute to these children’s care—they may still die, I don’t know what the future holds—but we are going to give them the opportunity at life.”


You can make deposits to the Burn Victim Mercy Fund at the Belize Bank account number 695-011-52111.

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