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Dec 16, 2016

A Christmas party by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association

Primary school students from across Belize City were treated to a special Christmas treat earlier today, thanks to the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.  The F.C.C.A. hosts an annual Christmas party for children in the Old Capital and today the kids had a grand time partying with Ozzie the Clown and Santa and his elves.  News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The thirteenth annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Christmas party for Belize City primary school children took place today at the Fort Street Tourism Village. Annually, the team partners with the Belize Tourism Board to share in the spirit of Christmas, giving some two hundred students the time of their lives. The crew from the Norwegian Pearl ship came onshore this morning where Ozzie the Clown was brought in to start the party. Santa and his elves then arrived with gifts in hand. According to Cruise Director of the Norwegian Pearl, JC Sanchez, this is a way for them to pay it forward.

 

JC Sanchez, Cruise Director of Entertainment, Norwegian Cruise Lines

JC Sanchez

“I believe we have so many different schools that are very well represented. Our team members from the senior officers to the staff members, even to the crew members, have gathered together to make sure we have something for our children. We are all the way from home most of the time; we don’t get to spend Christmas at home so this is a privilege for us as crew members to reach out to the community and be a part of their families—not only within the Norwegian Pearl, not only within the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ family, but throughout the FCCA and the Caribbean.”

 

Shola Babb

Shola Babb, Cruise Manager, B.T.B.

“This has been happening for thirteen years now and every year they come and they lend us some crew members and they come and we throw a very nice party for the kids. There are two hundred children chosen from ten different schools from across the city and we invite them and they come out and have a good time. They come in, they get entertained by Ozzie the Clown, they get lunch, they get a goodie bag and a gift from off the ship to take home.”

 

For ten year old Jaheim Meighan of Queen Square Primary and Bryan Solis of Wesley Upper Schools, the magic tricks from Ozzie were the highlight of the activities.

 

Bryan Solis, Standard IV, Wesley Upper School

Bryan Solis

“I enjoy when Ozzie do the magic and when he put the thing on the fire and it turn to a rose.”

 

Duane Moody

“What gift you di wish for from Santa?”

 

Bryan Solis

“I wish from Santa that he give me a drone”

Duane Moody

“A drone? You think you wah get that?”

 

Bryan Solis

“Maybe.”

 

Jaheim Meighan, Standard III Student, Queen Square Primary School

Jaheim Meighan

“I di have lot of fun, I feel like I want come every day.”

 

Duane Moody

“What part did you love the most?”

 

Jaheim Meighan

“When Ozzie do tricks, magic tricks.”

 

Duane Moody

“Are you excited about getting a gift from Santa as well?”

Jaheim Meighan

“Yes sir.”

 

Duane Moody

“What you wish for from Santa?”

 

Jaheim Meighan

“I wished for a control car.”

 

Duane Moody

“You think yow ah get it?”

 

Jaheim Meighan

(Nods yes…)

 

And like many other children, Jaheim did get a remote control car from Santa. This event is a tradition that is done at other ports of call for Norwegian as a commitment to giving back to the community.

 

JC Sanchez

“It’s a great collaboration between FCCI, Norwegian Cruise Lines and our crew members as well. As I said, it is always nice to give back to the community; it is always nice to share with the family. And every single person do matter, do count. And it is important thing is that we are able to use our voice and making sure that the future of every generation is well secured and we can do this by raising awareness and making sure that these children are feeling that they are loved.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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