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Jul 23, 2013

Construction of the Inspiration Center underway

The Inspiration Center, also the brainchild of Kim Simplis-Barrow, founder of the Lifeline Foundation, is scheduled to open its doors to children with disabilities in January 2014.  Construction, according to the Special Envoy for Women & Children, should be completed by November.  The second annual Inspiration Telethon was held in Belize City a few weeks ago and raised a much needed half a million dollars towards the completion of the project.  Simplis-Barrow gave an update on the progress of the building during a brief press conference at the Radisson this afternoon.


Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women & Children

Kim Simplis-Barrow

“I’ll take this opportunity to again thank all those who contributed generously to making the telethon in June such a success.  We’re very, very grateful and it has indeed helped us a lot to move the project forward.  We are still raising funds for the Inspiration Center, that will be an ongoing project because of sustainability and just ensuring that the center is run properly.  We are looking at several international fundraisers and the next one that’s coming up is in LA, in Los Angeles, so I’m hoping that with all our Belizean friends and families in the Los Angeles area will come out an support a worthy cause.  We’re also looking at Florida, Houston and New York in perhaps the upcoming year for additional fundraisers.  In terms of deadline for the Inspiration Center, we met yesterday with the contractor and we’re talking about October/November completion date for this year that is.  So we’re again very pleased that we’re sticking with our goals and objectives of meeting the deadline this year, so we’re hoping that we’ll be able to have an opening in December.  We’re still looking at quotations for equipment which is to equip each room individually.  As you know, each room requires different types of equipment.”


The Lifeline Foundation, comprised of members who were also in attendance at today’s press briefing, has been instrumental in assisting children with various disabilities, launching its first Inspiration Calendar in December 2011.


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