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May 15, 2020

Belize Hotel Association Makes Donation Five Hundred Employees at Hotels across the Country

Over a thousand employees who work at properties that are members of the Belize Hotel Association have been displaced by COVID-19. While some have benefited from relief and pantry programmes, many others have not. So, with the help of some donors, the association has identified five hundred persons, mainly single parents, who will receive chicken on a weekly basis for the next four weeks. The first day of distribution was on Thursday and News Five spoke with President Ted Tejada of the Belize Hotel Association.

 

Ted Tejada

Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotel Association

“We were approached by some donors that actually are part also of the tourism sector and they understand the magnitude of how the tourism sector has been hit. So they had asked us cause that they had over two thousand chickens that they wanted to donate to the staff that were affected by the pandemic. And so the Belize Hotel Association has identified within our membership; we had called our members and said we needed names of employees that were really in need. Duane, very surprisingly, we had over a thousand names provided to us within a day—a day of making these phone calls—just to show you and share with you the magnitude of this. So we went back to the donors and said we have the names already.  So what we have done, we have asked hotels to select within that group, families that—we cannot donate to all of them—but we chose five hundred individual employees. Each hotel was determine to choose these employees and we will be donating four chickens for the next four weeks starting today. So today, we are doing Belize City; we are doing Placencia, Hopkins and Dangriga. We have located areas where employees have been contacted to go to those locations and pick up four chickens. Next week Thursday, at nine o’clock, we do it all over again for the next three weeks.”

 

Next week, distribution will be done in San Pedro and Caye Caulker.


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