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Feb 3, 2017

Westrac Gives Funds for School Renovation

The Rotaract Club of Belize’s four branches—located in San Ignacio, Dangriga, Belmopan and Orange Walk—are collaborating in a national project assisting multiple schools with needed donations for various amenities. Automotive and agricultural vehicle parts supplier Westrac Limited today made a donation of seventeen thousand, seven hundred and eighty-nine dollars and twenty-three cents to the Club, which will be evenly divided among the branches to assist multiple schools. It is part of Rotaract’s commitment to making education more affordable and enjoyable for the nation’s youngest. News Five attended the handover and spoke with Westrac’s C.E.O., Peter Thiessen and Rotaract executive member Monica Heredia.


Monica Heredia

Monica Heredia, Secretary, Rotaract Club San Ignacio

“The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio is doing five schools; we’re doing La Gracia and Los Tambos, we’re giving them drums for the school because they have a problem with garbage right now and they are currently using just regular clothes baskets as garbage drums. We’re also doing Bullet Tree Pre-School; we’re plastering the walls. And we’re doing Hidden Paradise, that is in Duck Run Three. They have a problem with flies because they are next to a field with a lot of cows, and it’s very unsanitary for the kids to eat there; so what they did is they built a cafeteria but they don’t have any screens or doors, so what we’re doing is we’re gonna get the screens, put it in; get the doors, we’re gonna paint it over and we’re gonna paint over their signs because right now their sign has Hidden Valley but you can barely see it. And our biggest one is gonna be Iguana Creek R.C. School which is in Iguana Creek village; what we’re doing is were going to take down all the gutters, fix them up; paint the entire school inside and out; were getting chairs for the Infant One and Infant Two classes; we’re fixing all the chairs, because right now they have a lot of chairs that needs to be sandpapered and painted over; and we’re gonna get their mural done; all through Westrac.”


Peter Thiessen

Peter Thiessen, C.E.O., Westrac Ltd.

“As Westrac, we are a company that believes in education, and if you invest in education that is the best interest that you can get out. And we need educated people for all the businesses, so we are very happy with Rotaract. We believe they choose the right schools, the right places, the right projects, and we hope that many, many children will get help through this.”


The Belmopan branch will assist St. Michael’s School with a new ceiling for a classroom, garbage drums, armchairs and a mural, while the Dangriga branch will assist Silk Grass Government School; and in Orange Walk, Chan Pine Ridge School will benefit from electricity, a new library and fixed ceilings. The projects begin later this month and should be completed in time for World Rotaract Week in March.

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