The fifteenth annual food fiesta will he held this coming weekend in Belize City. It is a major effort of the St. John’s Cathedral Restoration Committee to raise funds to assist with the rehabilitation of the oldest church building in Central America. Since the restoration effort started, a lot of work has been done; but on the eve of the celebration of the two hundred anniversary of the historic building, a lot more restoration work remains. Dane Ramclam is the public relations officer for the Restoration Committee.

Dane Ramclam – Public Relations Officer, Restoration Committee
‘This weekend we are going to celebrate the 15th annual international food fiesta here on the grounds of the Anglican Cathedral College and this event is to raise funds for the continued restoration of St. John’s Cathedral.

Patrick Jones - Reporter
How has the restoration project been going?

Dane Ramclam – Public Relations Officer, Restoration Committee
“So far, so good. 14 years, we have completed the roof, the All Saint’s Chapel, the benches and some of the windows in the Cathedral. We are hoping that this year we can raise some more money to do the painting of the walls and do some more of the windows of the All Saint’s Chapel as well.”

Patrick Jones - Reporter
What is the significance of restoring this cathedral?

Dane Ramclam – Public Relations Officer, Restoration Committee
“It’s 199 years and it is a part of our history, all of us that call ourselves Belizeans and so the reason to keep it is to keep our history going.”

Ramclam says that a wide range of food will be offered at the food court. He says that an open invitation is extended to everyone, not just parishioners of the Anglican Diocese.

Dane Ramclam – Public Relations Officer, Restoration Committee
“There will be the East Indian food, there will be food from the Garifuna people, food from Creole people, food from the Chinese people, there will be pastries, there will be Creole bread, bun, crust, powder bun, you name it we’ll have it and also cold drinks. We will have a wonderful food court so everyone can sit down and have a meal and have a fun time.”

Patrick Jones - Reporter
Is there a targeted amount of money that remains to be raised to fully restore this Cathedral?

Dane Ramclam – Public Relations Officer, Restoration Committee
“To be honest with you we would want a million dollars I know it is a big figure for us to complete the job but whatever God bless us with we are grateful for.”

Patrick Jones - Reporter
Who are you inviting to this weekend’s food fiesta?

Dane Ramclam – Public Relations Officer, Restoration Committee
“We are inviting the public, not only Anglicans, but Methodists, Catholics, Salvation Army, and everybody that makes this proud country our home. This Cathedral is a part of our history we should all support it for us to continue the good work.”

Patrick Jones - Reporter
Outside of the fiesta if somebody wants to assist can they do that?

Dane Ramclam – Public Relations Officer, Restoration Committee
“Yes they can also contact the Diocese of Belize corner Southern Foreshore and Regent Street or St. John’s Cathedral itself, that is located at 59 Southern Foreshore.”

Saturday’s food fiesta starts at ten in the morning and continues until four in the evening at the basketball court inside the Anglican Cathedral High School compound.

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