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Nov 10, 1998

B.T.L. donates to Mitch victims

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But while San Pedranos may be dealing with their own construction and repair projects, the employees of Belize Telecommunications Limited are looking to Central America. Today the staff donated fifteen thousand dollars worth of food, medical supplies and water to help our neighbors in their time of despair. Hyacinth Latchman reports.

The goods were handed over to the President of the Belize Red Cross, Mrs. Norma Fuller by the Chairman of the B.T.L. Board, Ms. Lisa Shoman. Following the handing over ceremonies this morning I spoke to Norma Fuller, President of the Belize Red Cross about the large donation received.

Norma Fuller, President, Belize Red Cross

“First of all we are going to divide them and each country that was affected is going to get some. Because what we are doing now when we leave here we have the executive and volunteers working at Red Cross to package and label these things and they will be used for all the victims. At this time our appeal is money, medicine and food. We have, I wouldn’t say more clothes than what we can handle, but the immediate appeal now is for money, food and medicine.”

Following Belize’s own hurricane scare, B.T.L. and its employees made it their top priority to make contributions to victims plagued by Hurricane Mitch.

Anna Locke, Accounts Clerk, B.T.L.

“I feel like it’s a privilege. It’s a great honor to be working here at B.T.L. and we feel very honored to be doing this for our neighbors because it could have been us and we know that if Mitch had caught us, they would have done the same for us.”

David Moore, Accounts Clerk, B.T.L.

“B.T.L. has always shared in whatever it is. If it has to do with the community, if it has to do with sports or education, B.T.L. has always given generously. And, I was hoping that B.T.L. would somehow give to this disaster in Salvador and neighboring countries. And so seeing that they gave us the opportunity, they broadcasted it and asked us for donations, whatever we all gave freely in efforts to help our neighboring countries.”

B.T.L. has also discounted its rates for those wishing to reach family members in Central America. Hyacinth Latchman for News Five.

In related news, as part of the United States seventy million U.S. dollar pledge for Central American countries affected by Mitch, the U.S. Embassy in Belize has announced the arrival today of a shipment of relief supplies which will be directed to the Honduran Embassy later this week.

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