My apologies to all for not posting an update sooner.
As I had reported last week the San Pedro Poly Clinic is in need of urgent roof repairs. After a structural evaluation from the engineer it has been determined that no additional structural weight can be borne by the existing posts and beams so a recommendation of treating the roof with a combination of a snow roof type material and fibreglass with epoxy system is the best method to use at this time.
The estimated cost of this procedure, including materials, labour, supervision etc - including an emergency buffer was $40,000 BZ. The government Ministry of Health is able to commit 20% of this amount - $8,000 Bz. Therefore the goal has been to raise the additional $32,000.00.
Benny's Home Centre has given us an absolutely amazing discount which has brought the cost of material down by 25%.
The Friends of San Pedro has pledged over $1,000 to date. The Sunbreeze Hotel and Sunbreeze Suites have made a cash donation. Pedro's Inn, Caribbean Villas and Maya Rental House have all pledged a place for the supervisor to stay.
These great offers, donations and pledges have brought us closer to our goal but we still need to raise over $25,000 Bz.
Mukul and Kelly Kanabar of Blue Water Grill, Caliente and Red Ginger restaurants have generously offered to assist in the fund raising efforts by making the following pledge: They will MATCH every dollar that local businesses, groups and individuals donate towards this fund. This is an incredible offer and I truly hope that with this additional show of support and assistance that everybody that can will be willing to make donations to this fund.
The San Pedro Business Association is collecting all monies and if the goal is not attained all funds will be returned. The donations can be made by emailing the San Pedro Business Association at: [email protected]
No pledge is too small and with Mukul and Kelly's offer to match donations whatever you can afford will be doubled!
Please help us repair and maintain the poly clinic. This is a crucial element of our emergency response ability in this town. The clinic currently operated 8am to 4pm monday to friday with a doctor on call 24/7 for emergencies during the hours that the clinic is closed.
Recently there was a story posted on this board that showed the Poly Clinic and its staff are a vital asset to our community - and we as a town cannot afford to lose this life saving service.
In addition to emergencies the Poly Clinic offers pre and ante natal services, baby clinics (including vaccinations). Specialists for eyes, bones, diabetes, dental care and many other ailments, diseases and sicknesses are host clinics when possible. And everyday care for coughs, colds, blood pressure management etc are available at the clinic. This is free of charge and donations are encouraged in the form of $5 Belize dollars if the patient is able to make a payment.
The San Pedro Poly Clinic is owned and operated by a coalition made up of the San Pedro Lions Club, The San Pedro Town Council and the Government of Belize. Even with these strong entities managing the clinic shortfalls of financial needs are constant and the public is asked to assist with raising/donating the short fall.
One of the folks that responded to my initial request for help has suggested starting up a "Friends of the Poly Clinic" fund in which people could make a monthly or annual financial pledge which could be used to purchase necessary equipment or supplies. I think this is a great idea.