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Jul 1, 2009

Hotel donates to financially strapped children’s home

Story PictureWhen we last heard from the Liberty Foundation, their financial situation was not looking too healthy. Well, there is some positive development for the children’s home as their plea for help has been answered. Following our story, Liberty received a re-imbursement from the Ministry of Human Development and today the Radisson Fort George stepped up to the plate. Radisson handed over an impressive six thousand dollars, and that’s not all because it is also developing a program to provide them with monthly contributions. Liberty ran into financial woes because of the economic crisis at a time when the number of children at the home continues to increase. News Five spoke with the Radisson’s Jim Scott who says they will do their part to help.

Jim Scott, General Manager, Radisson Fort George Hotel
“We heard your story and of course being familiar with the Liberty Children’s home, we were very move. We didn’t realize that things were critical as they were. Our management team took action right away. One of the things that we decided to get our guests involved and we are asking our guest to donate one U.S. dollar—two Belize dollars—per night of their stay here and we will match that dollar. We realize that that is not going to cover the total needs for the Liberty Children’s Home, but it certainly is a start. I have an opportunity to promote the new Le Petite at the International Airport departure lounge. And one of the thoughts were to put some type of Liberty box there—they would provide the box—and solicit those Belize dollars that just happen to still be in those pockets of our visitors and it gives them the opportunity to leave the Belize dollars at home for a very good cause.”

Delfena Mitchell, Director, Liberty Foundation
“Well Duane, we still don’t have very much funds, but I must say that since our story aired last week, In did get a call from Jim Scott at the Radisson Hotel and he had a check for us for six thousand three hundred and one dollars, which is something that came out of a partnership that we had with them where they are trying to solicit funds to help us. So that was very helpful, that six thousand dollars went towards paying our staff salary. I also received a check for six thousand dollars from the Ministry and that check was for reimbursement for medical expense we spent on the children over a period of months. So with those twelve thousand dollars there we were able to pay the staff. We are still in arrears with paying them but it has helped.”

If anyone would like to help the Liberty Foundation, you can contact Mitchell at 225-2158 or 624-3696. Or you can make your deposits at Belize Bank account number 695-11-665-03.

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