Cadets get free care packages
Twenty-nine cadets today received care packages from a US national who had earlier conducted a health clinic for them. Dr. Stephanie Sweet was touched by the lack of personal items during her first visit with the Cadets that she raised enough funds to provide the goodies. The items were well received by the cadets at a brief ceremony this afternoon. News Five’s Delahnie Bain has a report.
Delahnie Bain, Reporting
A handing over exercise was held at the National Youth Cadet Service Corp to give young men enrolled in the program packages donated by Dr. Stephanie Sweet of the US. The gifts were bought with money Dr. Sweet managed to raise in the height of the Christmas shopping, after she visited the cadets last year.
Christine Smith, Director, Youth for the Future
“What is happening here this afternoon is as a result of a collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diaspora Focal Point, Mr. Patrick Menzies, and the Ministry of Education and Youth. In November of 2010, we were visited by a team of doctors led by Dr. Sweet. They took time out of their schedules to come to cadet to do a clinic with the boys.”
Patrick Menzies, Former Diaspora Focal Point, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“She walked out a few times if you all notice that because she was crying, because of the stories she was hearing from you guys. You touched her heart so much. Then when we walked out to take the pictures and somebody here didn’t have a pair of shoes, that was the last straw that broke the camel’s back; that really touched her heart.”
And so Dr. Sweets ensured that each of the twenty-nine cadets received a pair of tennis shoes along with clothing and other personal items.
William Swan, Director, National Youth Cadet Service Corp
“We appreciate this offer that you guys have made for us and I know that our challengers are madly and really in need of such gifts that will be presented to them today and I hope we continue to collaborate with the doctors to come back and assist us, especially in the medical field with our challengers. We thank you very much.”
“At the end of their visit, they promised that they would continue to work with the Youth Cadet Service Corp in providing certain essentials to the cadets. I am happy that today we will be receiving those packages and we extend our gratitude to Doctor Sweet and her team as well as to Mr. Menzies.”
The speakers, including Minister of Education and Youth, Patrick Faber, also used Dr. Sweet’s gesture to show the at risk youths that there are people who care as well as to encourage them to do good for themselves and for others.
Patrick Faber, Minister of Education & Youth
“It is not only those who have visited that look out for your interest. The fact that you are enrolled in this institution says that there are a good number of people who are looking out for your interest and that is important for you to understand. All of these people can be concerned about you and can love you and can want to support you, but if you, yourselves are not serious about making a change in your lives it will not work. Are you hearing me gentlemen?”
“It will not work.”
“They were not obligated to come to Cadet, but they chose to come; they were not obligated to send any packages, but they chose to do so. So it just goes to show that the world is still full of people who believe in human nature and extending a helping hand to those in need. So for the Cadets I want you to show your appreciation by taking care of the items that are given to you.”
“I challenge you to be a good Samaritan, I challenge you to reach out; quit the whole situation that in Belize messes up the society which are these political clinics where people go and beg ministers for stuff. That is not working. You guys are not here to learn how to beg, you’re here to learn how to work. So let’s work at it.”
“When you pass out from here, wherever it is you want to go—if you have the background—we will support you and I maintain that promise. So if there are those of you who wish to go on to high school, who wish to go on to the ITVET and so on, you have my promise but you have to work hard.”
Delahnie Bain for News Five.
Dr. Sweet also works with underprivileged youths in the US.