Over $25K raised for Hope Haven Children’s Home
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
The tragic death of 13-year-old Faye Lin Cannon has emphasized the urgency to complete the island’s first children’s home; Hope Haven. As such, island residents, along with members of the Non-Profit-Organization Raise Me Up held events on Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th to gather much needed funds for the construction of Hope Haven. Currently under construction, the shelter is located on Lion Street, across from Maya Island Air. Once completed it, will assist victimized children and women on Ambergris Caye. The fundraising events were quite successful, having raised a total of $25,515 that will go towards the completion of the much needed shelter.
On Friday, July 14th, volunteers and organizer convened at Reef Radio for a radiothon and dollar drive. According to one supporter, the completion of the children’s shelter is imperative in order to help other children who may be undergoing abuse. “We do not want the same situation to be repeated, so we ask everyone to help us with donations so we can finish the shelter as soon as possible and help those who are currently suffering in silence,” said the resident.
As the day progressed, donations kept coming through the Radiothon, while outside the radio station on Pescador Drive, volunteers held a dollar drive. At the end of the day, the total raised was an impressive $19,000.
The following day, island resident Chris Burkey, along with Raise Me Up, joined efforts in a second fundraiser at the Lions Den. From 11AM, volunteers once again went out to the streets for another dollar drive. Inside the Den, there was live music serenading the event along with lots of food and refreshments on sale. The business community and residents answered to the call of emergency and supported the cause. “We understand the main reason behind their efforts, and we must all come together to help and make the children’s shelter a reality,” said one donor. By the end of the second day, an additional $6,515 was raised.
Brittney O’ Daniel of Raise Me Up thanks everyone who came out to support and the project. A BIG thank you also goes out to all the donors who played a crucial part in the fundraisers’ success: The San Pedro Lion’s Club, El Fogon Restaurant, C’s Paint Center, Caribbean Chicken, 7/11 Convenient Store, Caye Supplies, Captain Shark’s Marine Center, Premium Wines and Spirits, Santiago Castillo Limited, Gil Castillo, Quality Chicken, Sam’s Grocery Store, Local Grocery Store, K-Mart Grocery Store, Elvis Kitchen, Gary Greif, Daniel Guerrero, Hector ‘Tito’ Alamilla, Gaby Nuñez, Flora Ancona, Ruben Gonzalez, Severo ‘Severito’ Guerrero, The San Pedro Town Council, Lino’s Meats, Eco Friendly Solutions Ltd.,The Added Touch, Carlo and Ernie’s Runaway Bar, LC’s Distributors, Traveller’s Liquors, Victoria House, Blue Water Grill, The Green House, Super Buy, El Barcadero, Casa Pan Dulce, Martha Ara, Ritchie’s Vegetable Stand, Annie’s Pastries, Fido’s Courtyard, Karl H. Menzie’s Wine Center, The Truck Stop, Slice of Haven, Casa Picasso, Marva Hewlett, DJ Fiddy of Hot Linx, Jamir Gillett of JLA, Valentino Caliz, Dennisito Wolfe Jr., Keith Cameau, Maresha Reid, Pirate’s Treasure, Bowen and Bowen Ltd., Reef Radio, The Sandbar, Karen Gillett, Karen Brodie, Polo and Family, Chris Burkey, Teacher Moncho, McNab Publishing, Shoe Repair Hospital, Hollywood Mike, Suya Tours Ambergris Seaside Real Estate and Belize Bank.
Organizers say there is much more work to be done, and donations are welcome at any time. Anyone interested in pledging a donation can contact Hope Haven at 630-1241 or via their social media account https://www.facebook.com/raisemeupbelize/.
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