Caribbean Red Cross May 23rd, 2008 Belize Red Cross Hosts second Annual Radio thon
On Saturday May 3rd, the Belize Red Cross Society hosted their second annual radio thon, which took place in the heart of Belize City, corner North Front and Queen Streets from 9am – 6pm.
Following the Parade, people from the length and breadth of the country visited the booths of the various programs and learned new and interesting facts relating to Disaster Management, First Aid, HIV and AIDS and the history of the organization.
They were also given the opportunity and were encouraged to become members and volunteers of the Belize Red Cross.
The BRC Saint Catherine’s Academy Youth Group raised funds for their group with a bake sale while along with volunteer, Darwin Slusher, they persuasively stopped traffic passing the event and asked for donations.
First Aid Volunteers of Detachment 6 sold Belizean traditional rice and beans; Orange Walk Branch Volunteers turned out in full force and manned a Spanish food stall raising funds for their branch; and for those looking for additions to their wardrobes, Headquarters Staff organized a jumble sale, which proved to be extremely popular!
The day was awash with different types of music, from The Pantempers Steel Band in which our very own Volunteer, and Chairperson of the Federation’s Youth Commission, Mr. Ian Courtenay plays a pan.
Other musical artists, Punta Rock star, “Supa G”, Kenny G also contributed their time to entertain the crowd with selections to suit every ear. MC’s Brian Moziah, William Neal and Angela Gegg entertained with their humor.
Throughout the course of the day, the President, Director General, Norwegian Red Cross partners, Program Staff and Branch Coordinators and Chairpersons had the opportunity to promote Red Cross work on live radio.
This allowed for continuous promotion of programs and activities and showcased the good work being done by the Belize Red Cross throughout the country. LOVE FM covered the entire day and continually encouraged listeners to call in and pledge.
Many people responded to our requests for pledges and in total the Belize Red Cross raised in excess of $24,000 through donations from individuals and Businesses.
Although the Radio Thon is over for another year, anyone is able to donate money to or volunteer with the Belize Red Cross at any time.
One never knows when assistance will be needed. Remember we’re ready, are you? Have your Emergency Plans ready!!