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Apr 11, 2014

Belize High School donates to the Belize Youth Cadet

Organizations donating to other less advantaged entities – it happens maybe less than one would hope, but it does happen. Still, our attention was caught on Thursday as students from the second form at the Belize High School made a very important contribution to youths enrolled at the National Youth Cadet Corps. It happened at the House of Shotokan on Princess Margaret Drive. Relatively speaking, it might seem like a small thing…but we thought it was pretty great. Mike Rudon caught the moment by accident and has the story.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

On Thursday youths from the Cadet Corps were given gift baskets of basic hygienic items by a small group of students from the nearby Belize High School. The donation itself is less significant that the reason behind it, and the lessons being taught by Tania Kelly, who teaches at the school and also runs the House of Shotokan with her husband. It started as a project, where Tania’s finance class started saving money, one dollar at a time.

 

Tania Kelly, Finance Teacher, Belize High School

Tania Kelly

“At the end of March, we had collected one hundred and fifty dollars. With that hundred and fifty dollars we created five groups and we gave each group thirty dollars. With that thirty dollars they were to come up with their own product and sell your own product…each group chose different products…some sold juice, some made cookies, brownies, ice, snow-cones and they sold it and they collected their finances. After that they provided a financial sheet of expenses and profit and we put all the money together and went and purchased the items.”

 

Jessica Heusner, Belize High School

“Our group decided to sell orange juice and lime juice and we made eighty-eight dollars with that.”

 

Reporter

“And with that you guys put together to get the baskets to give to the Youth Cadet Corps?”

 

Jessica Heusner

“And with other groups as well…but our group was the one that made the most.”

 

Jessica Heusner

Reporter

“How important do you think it is to help groups like the Cadet corps?”

 

Jessica Heusner

“It feels very good knowing that other people are going to benefit from stuff.”

 

Those items include lotions, shampoos, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other basic necessities. But this donation is worth much more than just its face value.

 

Tania Kelly

“The cadets is a group of youths that are at Mile twenty-one on the western Highway that are youths at risk, and we want to teach them that there is another way…you still have hope that when you graduate you will become somebody. And our teenagers from the Belize High School…we want to teach them to appreciate what their parents are giving them in education, and to take education more seriously. But at the same time learn that you share.”

 

Shihan Ray Kelly has been working with the cadets for the past six months as physical fitness trainer, three days a week.

 

Shihan Ray Kelly

Shihan Ray Kelly, Sensei, House of Shotokan

“I train them, I work with them, and I just love doing it. It’s something that I enjoy doing from my karate, working with young people…especially those at risk, always being there for them to listen to their issues and their pleas, and at the same time help them out by guiding them and providing solid guidance that says ‘si se puede’ – I know you can do it.”

 

Reporter

“And to let them know that there are people out there who care about them?”

 

Shihan Ray Kelly

“This is an example of exactly what you’re saying…where we have other youths their age group from the Belize High School sharing and caring and showing them yes, we do care, even though I am here at school and you guys are in the cadet corps…yes, we do care and this is one way of doing it.”

 

The gift baskets also included chocolates, since Easter is just around the corner. Mike Rudon for News Five.

 

The National Youth Cadet corps will be hosting a Rockville Challenge Run at Mile twenty-one on the western Highway on Saturday, starting at six am. All are invited to come out and see what the corps is all about, while providing support and encouragement to the youths. 

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