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Dec 6, 2017

Christmas Time for Patrons of F.C.C.A.

The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association treated Belize City primary schoolers to a special Christmas cheer today.  The F.C.C.A. hosts an annual Christmas party  with music, food and gifts for deserving students from underprivileged homes as a way to give back to communities they work with. News Five’s Andrea Polanco has the highlights from today’s party.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

About two hundred students, between the ages of five to ten from ten primary schools in Belize City, partied with Ozzie the Clown, a magician and Santa at the fourteenth annual FCCA Christmas Party at the Fort Street Tourism Village. It’s a yearly Christmas event and the B.T.B. uses it to spread some holiday cheer with children who may not get the chance to have a fun-filled holiday season.

 

Maria Guerra

Maria Guerra, Cruise Coordinator, B.T.B.

“Ozzie will be entertaining them. We have a face painter so each and every child will have their face paint. We have the crew from the ship and so they brought a magician and so we will have fun and excitement. And then we will provide lunch for each and every child. We also have gifts for them, so each child will be getting a gift and it is from the ages of five to ten years old.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Talk to us about the importance of sharing the Christmas joy with these kids?”

 

Maria Guerra

“Our goal is to ensure that that the neediest children get a gift at Christmas time. This is the season to share with them. So, the B.T.B. work together with our cruise stakeholders and they all chipped in and assisted us. So, it is all about giving back to the community and working with our cruise stakeholders to make this possible.”

 

Carnival Cruise Line, a member of the F.C.C.A. gave each child a gift. Twenty-five crew members are celebrating with the children – a gesture, Carnival’s David Ollech says is a thank you to the Belize City community.

 

David Ollech

David Ollech, Entertainment Rep., Carnival Cruise Line

“For all the children we are able to bring twenty-five of our crew members from all different departments. I, myself, am from the Entertainment Department. So, twenty-five of us are here to support this wonderful event and bring smiles, presents and happiness and a bit of joy to bring to these children at this time of the year when it is important to do those sorts of things.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Talk to us about why it’s important that you give back to the community?”

 

David Ollech

“As a company, as Carnival Cruise Line, any cruise line working in this industry, we could not survive without these communities. We bring our guests here. Our guests enjoy spending their time here and if we didn’t have these communities supporting us and also allowing us to support them, we wouldn’t have a cruise line, we wouldn’t have jobs, we wouldn’t have cruise ships. So, it is very important that we give back to the community to say that we are thankful to the local people here that welcome our guests each and every single day – millions of guests a year – so we are thankful to them and that is why it is important that we support them.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

 

The schools that participated were St John’s Anglican; Unity Presbyterian; Central Christian; Muslim Community; Wesley Lower; James Garbutt; Buttonwood Bay; Bethel Primary; Calvary Temple and Salvation Army.

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