Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Skydivers donate to San Pedro Town Library and Be Kind Belize

The Boogie in Belize skydivers are back on the island for the seventh time. As per usual, the organizers of the annual excursion to Belize encourage participants to contribute to the education process on the island. Each participant is encouraged to gather educational and fun items which would later be donated to different organizations on the Island.

This year, the recipients of these goodies were the San Pedro Town Public Library and Be Kind Belize, both institutions that cater to children and furthering education.

The first donation was presented to Colette Kase of Be Kind Belize at the Sun Breeze hotel on Tuesday February 15th. Items donated included dozens of cuddly stuffed teddy bears, note pads, markers, pens and crayons among others. Colette graciously accepted the gifts and expressed that some of the donation will travel to the country in the villages where the children do not readily have access to donations of the sort.
The donation to the San Pedro Town Library was a result of the REAPER annual Sky Divers Poker Tournament held at Pedro’s Inn on Sunday February 13th. Starting at 7:00pm, there were a total of 39 players who bought into the game at $200.00 each, leading to a bucket of $7,800.00. At the end of the game, Mad John took first place, Mike B took second, Kerry and Nick took third and fourth respectively. The payout was $1,800.00 to 1st place, $1,000.00 to 2nd place, $700.00 to 3rd place and $400.00 went to 4th place. The remaining 3900 went to the San Pedro Public Library. There was an additional $225.00 collected in the form of donations from patrons at Pedro’s Bar that night.
On February 15th, a check in the amount of $4,100.00 and $25.00 cash was presented to Ms. Ira Acosta of the San Pedro Town Public Library, along with a huge variety of donated items brought by the visiting skydivers and supporters.
Among the items donated were notepads, pens, markers, crayons, stick glues, a digital camera, one laptop and a huge variety of other school supplies. Ira accepted the donation and explained that some of the moneys will go towards much needed Air Conditioners for the library, help out with the daily up keeping of the library as well as with programs that will benefit the children that make use of the library.

As part of the donation, the San Pedro Town Library has agreed to produce monthly reports showing how the funds are being used.

National Agriculture & Trade Show Dates Announced

The National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee met on the 14th of February 2011, as part of its ongoing preparation for this year’s show. The dates of the show are April 29th & 30th, and May 1st. The theme for this year’s show will be “Agriculture: Securing the Future for a Better Belize.”