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#465683 - 06/01/13 07:00 AM Inspiration Telethon Today
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The Inspiration Telethon is today, from 8:00am through 6:00pm, and most every channel will be showing it. There will be scores of Belizean artists performing throughout the day, live from the Bliss Centre. In Cayo, you can donate in front of Atlantic Bank. There will be a place in Spanish Lookout too, and in Benque, and Belmopan. Help make the Inspiration Center a reality.

#465843 - 06/04/13 06:10 AM Re: Inspiration Telethon Today [Re: Marty]
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Half Million Dollar Target Met For Inspiration Centre


“You set targets and you want to reach those targets because you know what the need is presently, for the centre to be completed.”

The target was set at half a million dollars which needed to be raised in ten hours. The 2013 Inspiration Telethon was broadcast on all major television and radio stations across Belize. It started at 8 o’clock in the morning and by 6 o’clock in the evening the target was not only met but was surpassed.

The event was held at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts and saw the participation of a slew of local television personalities and artists. Donations and pledges were made by phone or handed over personally to the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow.

In addition, over fourteen booths were set up across the country because every cent counts.


“You know that there are good people out there and you know there are people who want to see this inspiration centre happen especially because there is no centre in this country that is providing the kind of therapy and services that these children need.”

Throughout the day, several organizations and associations either made a monetary donation or pledged to do so but what captured the heart of many were the children that had been collecting cents so that they could contribute to making the Inspiration Center a reality.


“Those are the touching moments for us who were in those rooms and seeing those little children coming with coins in bottles; not even a proper piggy bank as we would know it but in bottles and even plastic bags, they don’t how much it is but for us, it mean so very much. Any amount is welcome, if you have one cent; I know people who came with a dollar, people who came with fifty cents and I am like, thank you because it came from the heart.”

During the course of the morning just a little over a hundred thousand dollars was raised; the five hundred thousand dollars was not fully raised until the eleventh hour when a donation of a cheque of ninety two thousand dollars was hand over to the Special Envoy.


“I was pretty surprised actually when Mr. Jack Charles came to the room and he said he needed to talk to me and so I went to see what he wanted. He asked me how much more I needed and the auditors did their calculations and determined that we were still down by ninety two thousand dollars and he said well, here is the cheque. That of course, as you can imagine was a very exciting moment for us in that room and am sure for those listening to the TV and radio.”

A total of five hundred and fourteen thousand, one hundred and thirty two dollars and eighty five cents was raised. The Inspiration Center will be a rehabilitation center to provide various types of therapy to children with special needs.


“This center is a people’s centre; we can all take ownership of this centre because it’s built by us, for us. I try to stay focused on that all children have rights; children with disabilities too have rights and they deserve a place where they can get the proper services so that they can get proper rehabilitations so that they can become productive citizens in their communities.”

The Inspiration Center, which is already off the ground, is expected to be completed in September and fully operational by the end of this year.


Second Inspiration Telethon Meets Quota

The Special Envoy for Women and Children once again teamed up with Care Belize On Saturday to host the second nationwide telethon to raise funds to complete and equip the Inspiration Center.

Telephone lines were buzzing off the hooks all day long as Belizeans made pledges to support the initiative. Also donation booths were place in strategic locations countrywide in hopes of reaching their main goal which was five hundred thousand dollars.

By six o’clock on Saturday evening when the phone lines were coming to a close they were still about 90 thousand dollars short of reaching the 500 thousand dollar goal.

But one lucky millionaire came out to the event with his checkbook in hand and generously wrote a cheque for ninety two thousand dollars. Here’s how that last minute contribution went.

Kim Simplis Barrow - Special Envoy for Women/Children
"It started out a little slow and so by midday we had raised like a $100,000 but throughout the afternoon it started picking up more and more and of course the excitement came all the way to the end when we were down about a $100,000 when Mr. Jack Charles came and made that surprise donation so that really helped us to reach the goal of the $500,000. Those moments are always moments that touch you the most because those are children that are doing things for other children who can do absolutely nothing for them. Those are the moments when we really get emotional because they come and bags with one cents and five cents that they've been saving. They come with their bottles, it's not even the proper piggy banks so it's in whatever it is that they can put there monies in to bring it in. We're very grateful and thankful, it just goes to show that we have really good people in Belize and just the thought that they are helping people who can do absolutely nothing for them in return, speaks volume. We raised up to now, at the close of Saturday we had registered $514,000 - we are still getting pledges coming and people are still bringing in their money; we haven't received all the money as yet but those are the pledges. We're encouraging people to bring in their pledges and those made that commitment to please stick to it. The money is going to ensuring that the building gets the proper equipment for these children."

Total amount of money raised at Saturday’s Inspiration Telethon was five hundred and fourteen thousand dollars.

Channel 7

#466014 - 06/06/13 06:28 AM Re: Inspiration Telethon Today [Re: Marty]
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Gift of Life by Wilson Grinage

Gift of Life, sung and performed expertly by Wilson Grinage, was the official song of the Inspiration Telethon. The Special Envoy of Belize uploaded it for everyone to enjoy. That's a huge grand piano he's playing. Well done!

"The 2013 telethon is over; the work on the Inspiration Center will now continue! Thanks to all who supported the telethon! For more information of how to help, you may contact the office of the Special Envoy Belize!"

Kim Simplis-Barrow also released a letter of appreciation, letting everyone know how thankful she was for making the telethon surpass it's goal.


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