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May 26, 2020

Frontline Workers and Police Officers Get Pantry from Indian Community

Saving the best for last…today the Belize Indian Community issued its last batch of vouchers as a part of its pantry programme to assist those affected by COVID-19.  The recipients, however, were frontline workers from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and the police officers, who work around the clock to secure the business community in downtown Belize City. That brings the total to two thousand families directly assisted by this programme and who received eighty thousand dollars worth of groceries, toiletries and basic necessities. News Five was there for the handing over and spoke to the recipients.


Michelle Cox-Hoare

Michelle Cox-Hoare, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

“It’s always a privilege for the frontline workers at K.H.M.H. to receive any token of appreciation. They have always been on the frontline, being essential workers, and I am sure particularly our ancillary support staff, who have been there alongside our professional team, they will definitely benefit from such a kind gesture.”


Daniel Pascual

Insp. Daniel Pascual, O.C., Sales Zone, Belize City

“On behalf of the Commissioner of Police and the Officer Commanding Eastern Division, we express great thank you for the token of appreciation. This pantry will definitely go a very long way for our officers. We have always been on the frontline and from the beginning of this semi-lockdown, we have always been here. And now that we have opened up again to almost semi-normal and our officers have always been on the frontline. We often go unappreciated; some members of the public will never see the positive that police officers do and thanks to the Indian Community for recognising us and assisting us with this kind gesture.”


Dinesh Bhojwani

Dinesh Bhojwani, Representative, Belize-Indian Community

“We started with a lot of the standard bearers and the area representatives cause we figured they would cover the most ground because they had the wherewithal and the logistics. From the beginning, we’ve been discussing the frontline workers and the police department, but we were just trying to find the opportune moment. And like I said earlier, I think we saved the best for last. They have been instrumental in this. We know they are the ones that have been there fighting the good fight while we were all nice and comfortable in our homes. So that’s something that we wanted to make sure that we came out big for them as they had done for us.”

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