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Sep 1, 2020

Cellular World Donates P.P.E.s to Island Police

A number of police officers on San Pedro were infected with the coronavirus in the line of duty and had to be placed on quarantine when the virus hit the island hard.  The frontline workers have generally recovered and are back on duty. Today, the cops working in San Pedro and Caye Caulker received a donation from the folks at Cellular World.  It consists of face shields that provide another layer of protection to the officers as they come in contact with residents. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Cellular World today made a five thousand-dollar donation of personal protective equipment to the Coastal Executive Unit of the Belize Police Department. The face shields will be distributed to some one hundred and ten officers attached to the police stations on Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye to interface with residents as frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Karan Sabnani

Karan Sabnani, Owner, Cellular World

“We have diverted a bit into COVID-19 related products, trying to adapt with the time and the situation. When we first were alerted about the situation in San Pedro going into the entire lockdown, we decided there will be a point when they will have to come back to normal life. With that being today, it goes right in hand with our donation of assisting the frontline, the police, who are out there relentlessly for the public. So we said let’s hand over at least some protective equipment which is the face shields for the entire San Pedro and Caye Caulker Police Force.”


As has been reported, several officers in San Pedro have tested positive for COVID-19 and there were many others who were and are still in quarantine. Receiving the donation on behalf of the department was Superintendent Christopher Noble, Commander of the Coastal Executive Unit. Noble says that the donation is timely.


Christopher Noble

Supt. Christopher Noble, Commander, Coastal Executive Unit

“The epicentre is San Pedro and we have to be out there, we have to be on the streets, we have to interact with people. The shields will be one more layer in what we already have as P.P.E.s for our officers to interact and interact properly and then have no fear that something will be happening to them.”


The donation is part of a CW Care initiative of owner, Karan Sabnani. In the next few weeks, the company also expects to distribute food packages.


Karan Sabnani

“I know everybody zoomed in on the frontline so I mean part of our programme is not only the frontline. We want to actually go out into the communities, into the residents that actually support us as a business.  So as part of the programme, we are also working on starting a food programme—somewhat similar to the pantry programme, but our in-house version, whereby we will target different markets and provide back to the communities itself versus just the frontline workers.”


Duane Moody

“By when do you see this starting?”


Karan Sabnani

“Within the next two weeks we should kick off with our first one.”


Duane Moody

“Is there a target amount that you are looking at?”


Karan Sabnani

“We wanted to start with at least two hundred bags in each community. So we will start probably with San Pedro and then move into Orange Walk—the most affected communities.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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