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Sep 2, 2005

Cathedral Restoration Committee holds fundraising food fair

Story PictureIt is estimated that every week as many as three hundred tourists pass through the Saint John’s Anglican Cathedral, the oldest church building in Central America. As expected, this one hundred and ninety-three year old historical building has been deteriorating throughout the decades. It was not until eight years ago that a serious commitment was made to restore the building. To date, the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Restoration Committee has raised a total of twenty-five thousand dollars through one of its main events, The International Food Fest held every year around this time. This Saturday the members are hoping to double that amount.

Dane Ramclam, Anglican Cathedral Restoration Committee
“The work that has been completed so far is the roof and some parts of the walkway on that part of the cathedral. Our main focus now is the windows in the main portion of the church where the priest changes over and the windows in the loft of the choir stand. Over the years, because the church is a one hundred and ninety-three years old, the choir windows began to not close properly, in the sense that whenever the rain comes, the rain comes in. So our main target this year is to spend the money on that portion of the cathedral. So what we will do, we’ll?if we raise a big sum, like the fifty thousand we want, that would help us complete the majority of the work we need to complete. What we plan to do is to take them down and replace them with new windows so far. The main problem we have is the ones from above the bell because what happens is that whenever the rain comes in hard and it blows, it wets all the carpet on this portion of the walkway at the choir. So we are looking at the particular part of work first. I don’t know what the cost of it is yet; however, we are looking for a huge target like fifty thousand. So we are hoping that all Belizeans will come out, be it Methodists, Roman Catholics, Anglicans, this cathedral is a part of our history and it’s a part of our lives and it will be here standing for my children and your children and their children. So we must make this place a part of our history and continue to preserve it.”

Jacqueline Woods
“The repairs are necessary because not only will the work go towards preserving one of the oldest buildings, but as we talk here I noticed a number of tourists have been visiting the cathedral?”

Dane Ramclam
“Yes, that is very true. They come every time the ships come in and the money that we gather from the tourists, which we ask for a contribution…is used to pay for the new gift shop. As you can see across the street, the church has a gift shop and the money that is raised from that gift shop and the money that we receive from the tourists here has to pay the loan at the credit union. The restoration money does not go into anything else but restoration.”

Yolanda Sedacy, Anglican Cathedral Restoration Committee
“We will have all sort of international food, that’s what we are inviting all denominations to come out and support us because by supporting us we can do our repairs and everything on the cathedral.”

The International Food Fest takes place on the grounds of the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.

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