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Aug 3, 2011

Philanthropist Dara dishes out to the needy

Joel “Dara” Robinson is well known for his primary school feeding program that runs throughout the academic year. This week Dara is holding his second summer food drive, in which he collects groceries to be distributed to needy families in Belize City. He has also extended the initiative to include school supplies, which will go to the students who benefit from the feeding program. News Five caught up with Dara at the Battlefield Park, where he is collecting goods this week.

Joel “Dara” Robinson, Organizer, Food/Schools Supplies Drive

Joel “Dara” Robinson

“This dah di second annual food drive. This dah normally when I pay tribute to Bob Marley, Lucky Dube. I do wah whole week ah food drive so I could raise enough food so dat afta di show weh I di plan fi do, I could go round and give it to needy persons, needy families and thing.  I’m trying to get the churches and business and everybody involved because I myself put the time fi try full di barrel and I normally full it. And still although that might seem lot, when I start share it, dah just wah few families I could help. I run wah food program so weh I do, like if I collect the rice, beans and things, I hold it fi do food program and di other stuff I go round and give it to the needy families.  It’s a food drive and I’m also asking for schools supplies and thing because from day to day dehn kids weh come round mi and thing, I conscious dehn would ah ask fi wah ruler, wah lee pencil because den deh dah things weh bruk up and thing. Like I seh, if we get lee school bag and thing, lee bigga stuff ih woulda be fine but di simplest things like sharpener, exercise book, rulers and thing; anything we wah accept. We noh di refuse nothing, if you just want give wah lee finance or whatever because anything I get we wah work it dat ih go back into di people dehn. I also, if yoh notice I have on wah T-Shirt weh I have pan sale too, the Lucky Dube/Gregory Isaac T-shirt.  Belizean Youth it’s time to come together as one, stop the killing because I di try deal wid everything yoh know and when you deal wid di food, crime and everything ih just add up.”

The T-Shirts are available for sale at the Battlefield Park for twenty dollars each.

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