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Aug 1, 2012

Rotary Fundraiser will include Caribbean Play

The Rotary Club of Belize is well known for its involvement in numerous projects that assist children and needy families; particular the Gift of Life Program. But as a charity organization, their initiatives depend heavily on fundraising efforts. One of the main events is the Rotary’s annual play, and the curtains open on Thursday night at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. This year, the Rotarians will be performing “Children, Children” by Jamaican playwrights Joan Andrea Hutchinson and Austin Cook. As always, it promises to have the audience rolling with laughter because the cast members are trading in their business suits for primary school uniforms. Rotary secretary, Sandra McKay gave News Five a synopsis of the play while the President, Maria Coye talked about some of the projects that will be supported by the fundraiser.


Sandra McKay, Secretary, Rotary Club of Belize

Sandra McKay

“Children, Children is a musical comedy and it’s about children back in the common entrance time when they’re in standard six, they’re preparing to take their common entrance and hoping to go to high school. But in that setting where the Rotarians, as adults—we are business people in the community—we’ll be dressed in our school uniforms so the women will have on their pleated skirts and the men, their shorts and their tall socks and bows and clips in the hair and all that. But what is happening is they’re preparing for the common entrance and they’re seeing all the different flavors of the different characters coming out. It’s really a set of skits and songs and again going back to those days, children are getting ready for festival of arts, so you’re going to see one of the performances reflective of a festival of arts performance. Around Christmas time, the school will have a Christmas pageant; you’re going to see something like that. And I can tell the public they will be excited to see who will be baby Jesus and how big baby Jesus, so that alone. But that’s the essence of the script.”


Maria Coye

Maria Coye, President, Rotary Club of Belize

“We have several projects that are ongoing. We have the Gift of Life Project from where we get funding to send children who have congenital heart disease; we send them abroad and we help them with expenses. That’s one project. Another project is the Dorothy Menzies Facility for children we have an ongoing project right now and we are going to enter phase three of the project. We have just finished refurbishing the downstairs.”


Sandra McKay

“It’s going to be at the Bliss and it opens tomorrow night, Thursday, August second and then we go on Friday August third and Sunday, August fifth. All performances seven-thirty p.m. and the Rotary Club has been known to start punctually with our plays so we encourage the public to get there before seven-thirty because at seven-thirty we will commence the performance.”


Maria Coye

“I would like to tell them that we need their support, we want them to come out and enjoy themselves and at the same time support an organization that is looking after the community. All the money that we make goes in funding to these various projects that I just mentioned and so it would be good if they can help  us in that way. It’s a Rotarian cast, we’re all going to be there; big people making a fool of themselves on stage. It’s comedy, it’s for the family so please come out and support us.”


Tickets are available at the Bliss, Malas and Karl H. Menzies. General admission tickets cost fifteen dollars, while reserve tickets cost thirty and premium seats go for fifty dollars. The projects being funded include a new water filtration initiative in rural areas; feeding programs; high school scholarships and houses for the needy.

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