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Feb 2, 2017

A Reward for Rebecca after Miss Universe Appearance

Miss Belize Universe Rebecca Rath…does she deserve to be gifted a brand new late model vehicle, despite not placing in the recently held Miss Universe Pageant?  It’s an initiative that is being met with mixed reactions.  The brainchild of well-known automotive salesman Emil Torres is for fans of the beauty ambassador to raise funds to purchase a spanking new vehicle as a means of expressing gratitude to Rath for representing the Jewel.  While the effort is seeing the participation of a number of donors and monies are being collected, detractors have taken to social media to criticize the initiative.  Their bone of contention is that the funds can be used for a more worthwhile cause.  Not to be thrown off course, Torres is proceeding with a radiothon in Dangriga on Monday and hopes to raise at least forty thousand dollars towards the cost of the Great Wall SUV.  According to the businessman, they are in talks with the Government of Belize to waive the cost of duty on the vehicle.


Emil Torres

Emil Torres, Organizer of Fundraiser

“A very good friend of mine from the Miss Belize Pageant had approached me a couple months ago before this went off to the Miss Universe asking for [us] to come onboard.  Unfortunately, from the business and the company I work for we never had it within our resources.  So of course the idea came out, why don’t we just contribute a new vehicle.  Why doesn‘t the company I work for just give a new vehicle.  Unfortunately, it‘s a business that they run and not a charitable organization and they have their limitations as well.  So I came up with the idea, why don‘t we collectively as a country not make these things pass us by.  Why is that we don‘t start the trend now?  Start raising funds, open up an account and like I said with the account, it‘s very transparent.  I have two, you will see it on Facebook, for those that are following on Facebook, two CPAs, certified public accountants that are on it already.  I‘m finalizing that today with getting them onboard for accountability purpose because it‘s not my money, I don‘t want to handle anybody‘s money.  It‘s just an idea that I started but I want to be the driving force behind it , somebody has to take the steering wheel and drive.  So that is my only thing in this; of course, like I said, for accountability purposes everything will be posted, if you donated a single cent those will be posted.  I had a lady all the way from North Carolina send a hundred Belize dollars, I picked it up, sent her the receipt, deposited it in the account, sent her the receipt.  So everything that we are doing is completely transparent.  And again, the question goes back to why Rebecca Rath?  Why Miss Belize?  Are they not other people more deserving of fundraising?  Are they not entities and organizations, are they not bigger causes, feeding the poor, feeding the children, building houses, whatever.  We can go on and on and I am not saying that other people are not doing those already.  There are, I mean there are people that are doing their part.  I have, we have, my company has on this vehicle.”


Rebecca Rath is still in the Philippines following Sunday night’s pageant and is expected to return to the Jewel in the days ahead.

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1 Response for “A Reward for Rebecca after Miss Universe Appearance”

  1. Bex Supporter says:

    Bex, being the classy lady she is, will graciously decline this gift and ask that the funds be donated to a worthy cause. I will put my head on the block on this one. Just wait and see.

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