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Dec 22, 2016

Group Hug in Action at B.T.L. Park

There was a party at B.T.L. Park on Wednesday – with live music and lots of gifts. Local charity Group Hug got out two hundred children and treated them to a day of fun as a part of their annual Christmas outreach activity. With the help of sponsors, Group Hug gave the children a much needed cheer but they say their message is more than material donations. Our intern Maria Reneau was out at the B.T.L. Park and has this report.

 

Maria Reneau, Reporting

With Christmas Day just two days away, on Tuesday the charity organization known as Group Hug hosted their annual event for over two hundred children. From Brukdong music to Christmas carols – performers treated the kids to music and dancing. And the day’s festivity wasn’t complete without food, gifts, prizes, and plenty of activities for the children to enjoy.

 

Andre Pitts

Andre Pitts, President & Founder, Group Hug

“This is our second annual Christmas charity event for Group Hug. We have invited two hundred children and we have about two hundred and twenty-five present, but we have enough to accommodate all of them. We have some from Mahogany Heights that were invited, some from Hattieville, and the others from throughout Belize City. They were recommended by some primary schools, Restore Belize, and our Group Hug members did some canvassing as well.”

 

The event featured performances from different local talents such as Cocono Bwai, an appearance from footballer Deon McCauley, and other local personalities. But mini-star Chardinnaye was the highlight for the children.

 

Jaslyn Roaches

Jaslyn Roaches, Participant

“I like the singing because when the lee gial the sing she remind me ah all the songs deh weh I mi like from when I mi young. I mi just like everything.”

 

Shanaya Broaster, Participant

“Well, when the lee gial mi the sing, ih just mek I feel good.”

 

Shanaya Broaster

Even though it’s a day of entertainment for the children, Pitts says the message he wants to send is that there is more to this initiative than the material aspect.

 

Andre Pitts

“We don’t really want them to think Christmas is something that should focus on material self, we want them to know that the larger community support children; no one should get left behind. As long as they do their part, they do well in school, they respect their parents, they need to know that they will be rewarded; and so that is the principal that we have them try to leave here with.”

 

Maria Reneau for News Five.

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