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Dec 1, 2017

Inspiration Center looks forward to 2018

The Inspiration launched next year’s agenda and calendar today in Belize City. Celebrated under the theme “See Me, Hear me…I have the right to equality,” the agenda and calendars are used to promote equality and to help raise much needed funds for children with disabilities. Andrea Polanco has more about the 2018 agenda and calendar:

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The Inspiration Center launched its 2018 agenda and calendar today. The calendar features the artwork of twelve children with diverse abilities and highlights the theme of inclusivity and equality. Bryce Williams was born with cerebral palsy, but that didn’t stop him from putting his talent to use. He is the calendar boy for the month of May.

 

Bryce Williams, Featured in Inspiration Center Calendar

Bryce Williams

“I draw wah house and I draw the thing with smoking. I draw the bird and the sun and rainbow. And my bredda and me. I draw the tree with the animals deh.”

 

Tamara Williams

Tamara Williams, Mother of Bryce Williams

“He is in school in a regular class setting at United Evergreen in Belmopan in Standard III and they include him everything. He was recently in their 19th of November dance and he is preparing for a festival or festival or  Christmas concert next week that the school is having.”

 

Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow says that the work of the children is critical not just to share the personal stories but also to also encourage self-expression and highlight the work of the Inspiration Center.

 

Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children

Kim Simplis Barrow

“It is not only about the funds, but it is about the message; creating awareness and not only creating awareness of children with disabilities and their rights, but about the center and the services that the center continues to offer.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“The children were very involved – they created their own little drawings and then McNab recreated those; how important is it that you feature the work of these kids?”

 

Kim Simplis Barrow

“During the summer the kids are asked to do their drawings and paintings. Then we send it off to McNab who puts it into a calendar form and really the artistic genius of it all is that these kids can see that it is their painting, even though you add a little more color but it is still their painting. They recognize their work almost immediately and so for us it is important to maintain the integrity of their art.”

 

 

McNab Visual Strategies reproduces the work of the children to create these colorful, creative and useful pieces of publications. The agendas help to raise funds for the Inspiration Center that serves many other children with special needs. More than twenty thousand dollars was handed over.

 

Tanya McNab, Creative Director,  McNab Visual Strategies

Tanya McNab

“It is a joy for everyone on the McNab team to do their part to make this happen to be able to reproduce the work of that these wonderful children create. More so, to take these beautiful artwork to give back to themselves. They create this work as part of this project generate funds that go directly back to them 00:51

03:54 I am privileged to be able to hand over another cheques to support this worthy cause. This year we saw a small boost in sales, which we are very happy about. I am happy to report that the cheque handed over today is for twenty-one thousand dollars.”

 

Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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