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Jul 5, 2013

Summer Camp needs some help for St. Martin’s kids

Summer Camps are a good forum to provide opportunities for children to enjoy the break away from the classrooms. In Belize City, veteran camp organizer, Deon Flowers, is hosting a group of about thirty children to a sports camp. News Five’s Jose Sanchez caught up with Flowers in the Saint Martin de Porres field. The children were having a ton of fun as they played football, basketball, volleyball and other games.

 

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Summer, kids and camps go hand in hand. This afternoon Deon Flowers continued to bring friendship and sportsmanship together at the Third World Sports and Education Camp on the St. Martin De Porres field.

 

Deon Flowers, Organizer

Deon Flowers

“Well usually summer camp is to keep the kids active, teach them the basic, keep them out of trouble. We are trying to look out for the young and big ones, but we di try keep really especially the young ones. We really need them to get in because with the amount of things weh di happening in the city, we want them to focus on changes. From this young age yah so. Between all sports: football, basketball, checkers…all kinda sports weh we want get them into so that they can be a leader for themselves ina their young age. This camp going to last a month.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“In terms of the youths, are you getting support? I know it takes a lot to get these things going.”

 

Deon Flowers

“Well I noh wah say the support. We di get from other people, but the support, you could see is not enough. It cannot handle with the kids because we feed them. Right now we are short of water, tents—ina this sun hot, we need some tent. We got some volunteers and workers weh di help we.”

 

Talib Bradley

The program has been in existence for thirteen years and the kids are enjoying the activity in the sun.

 

Talib Bradley, Participant

“Playing football and basketball.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And you enjoy making new friends with the kids?”

 

Talib Bradley

 “Yes sir.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And what do you hope you will be able to do throughout your summer at the camp? What are you looking forward to?”

 

Talib Bradley

“To the activities…play football and basketball and volleyball and all that stuff.”

 

Jose Sanchez

Dre Gladden

“Wanna tell me about your interaction, what it is that you like that you have been doing with the camp?”

 

Dre Gladden, Participant

“Good cause we can play any sports we want and they give we food, water and ideals and stuff.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So this is something you definitely want the public to support?”

 

Dre Gladden

“Yes sir.”

 

Tanisha Flowers

Tanisha Flowers, Participant

“I’ve been playing basketball, football”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So you made some news friends?”

 

Tanisha Flowers

“Yes sir.”

 

Tanisha Chavez, Participant

Tanisha Chavez

“Well I just want ask for a lot of sponsors. I just want to ask enough people whatever they can bring out to help Deon keep this camp occupied and active. It is really good for the children; it really keeps their brains and minds active; it is flowing a good thing in their minds.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“You also enjoy working with the kids too right?”

 

Tanisha Chavez

“Yeah, everything bout Deon Flowers camp positive. This dah kids from all over Belize—south side, north side, everywhere—any and everybody welcome to come dah this camp even if dah fi push wah hand and just help out Deon. We just need enough and more sponsors please.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“If there is any viewer who would want to contribute with water or whatever they can to help with your summer camp, you have a number they can call?”

 

Deon Flowers

“607-8785.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So right now, what all dehn deh di do and it’s after twelve o’clock right?”

 

Deon Flowers

“Well usually this dah from eight o’clock till twelve. But sometimes we balance it off till two o’clock—give dehn time fi eat until dehn go home. This camp stay open; this camp noh close as long as I deh yah soh. The camp open for all kids, all kind of sports for them. You see dah wah amount of kids. That’s why we group them up to make everybody could place different sports: checkers, snake and ladder. Just to make the kids dehn happy and stay out of trouble.”

 

With donations, the organizers hope that the camp can continue throughout the summer. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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