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Apr 12, 2018

Ride Across Belize Makes Donations

The Social Security Board’s Ride Across Belize initiative handed over thirty-five thousand dollars today. It’s the fourteenth year of the ride where monies are raised for charitable causes. The Urban Schools Gardening Programme received twenty-five thousand dollars and the Adopt A Child with a Disability received ten thousand dollars. We were at today’s handing over ceremony and spoke with the S.S.B.’s Chandra Nisbet Cansino and one of the recipients.

 

Chandra Nisbet Cansino, Corporate Customer Relations Services, S.S.B.

“The fundraising efforts is the greatest challenge every year for us. We tend to; as you rightly point out, go back to the same persons every year for the donations. So, it really waxes and wanes depending on years. Our best year was ninety thousand dollars we had raised. 2017 was not one of our best years and the fundraising efforts are not only solicited from the business community and general public, but it is also initiatives from within staff events at Social Security. So, it is a constant challenge for us.”

 

Chandra Nisbet Cansino

Reporter

“How did you all select the recipients of this year’s proceeds?”

 

Chandra Nisbet Cansino

“It is simply because those are the only two persons that submitted requests for 2017. For whatever reason, we don’t have a lot of requests for assistance under the Ride Across Belize; Social Security does. But it’s two different things – this the Ride Across Belize initiative. And we tend to choose projects that tend to have a start and end date and a definite budget.”

 

Godwin Hulse

Godwin Hulse, “Urban Schools Gardening Program,” Ministry of Agriculture

“What we are trying to do is three-fold. One – get people to eat healthy. So, the program aims to teach children, that right in the backyard they could produce something; grow cucumber, lettuce, and watermelon, lots of things in your backyard; fruits and vegetables. So, by promoting it in the school where a bunch of children learn, then in that same school, because most of them have a kitchen and feeding program, they learn that you eat this very thing you just harvest from outside. And then by putting it in a curriculum, we hope to engender in them a sense that I can be productive and it is not everything that I have to go and buy. And so I can make a living or live healthy without tremendous expense – that is the concept.  We have done successfully in Toledo. There is a school there that is doing awesome. If you go up north in Orange Walk on the Yo Creek Road there is another school that is doing fantastic. The kids are really engaged. But we don’t want to leave out Belize City which is the jewel, so we are attempting this in Belize City, as well. And as you know, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett attempted this in Belmopan with the aid of our ministry and so we also want to partner with his program here in Belize City to see how we can advance that.”

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