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FFB Needs Half Mil #466656
06/15/13 05:28 AM
06/15/13 05:28 AM
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Tomorrow will make exactly 2 weeks since Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Barrow held the Inspiration Telethon to raise half a million dollars for the Inspiration Center.

And now the Football Federation of Belize is hoping the public is still inspired to give them – half a million for their historic run to the Gold Cup.

They’re asking each Belizean to donate at least 1 dollar to fund the National Team’s first appearance in the Cup, which will be played next month in the US.

They’ve organized their own Telethon, which happens tomorrow, and this evening, 7News spoke to a representative of the FFB, who explained how it will work:

Marlon Kuylen - Executive Member, FFB "Well we're hoping that the Belizean citizens continue to display the patriotism that they have or they did when we were playing in Costa Rica. We can only do as good as our funds allow us to. Right now that the team is in full camp which means 4-5 days they'll be at the federation, it's costing us around $13,000 a week. We have to train in the Mountain Pine Ridge because of the altitude in Salt Lake City where we will play Costa Rica so the players need to do that kind of training to get used to it. Then again there's the diet, a special diet that they have to abide by and if we don't get the funding, something will have to suffer."

Daniel Ortiz "What kind of contributions are you guys expecting from the Belizean public, a dollar, a quarter, even one cent?"

Marlon Kuylen "Anything right now because we just had a telethon two weeks ago and they raised $500,000 - we're not expecting corporations to give a whole pile of money. We're not asking for big donations - if we get it then great. What we're asking is that each citizen gives a dollar. If we have 350,000 living in Belize then that will be $350,000 then also the Belizean - Americans they are excited about this, they are planning excursions to go to the games - we've gotten a lot of good response from them and so Florida will be having a simultaneous telethon again with ten lines and they are targeting the entire US and so far they've been getting some good response. So if each Belizean out there gives $1usd then we'll make our target which is $500,000."

Channel 7 will air the telethon live starting at 8:00 am. The Entire National Team will be at the Princess Hotel the entire day to interact with the football fans that stop in.

Channel 7

Re: FFB Needs Half Mil [Re: Marty] #466702
06/16/13 05:34 AM
06/16/13 05:34 AM
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Final Total for the Telethon: 115,079.84 Thank you Belize! (Belize National Football Team)

Re: FFB Needs Half Mil [Re: Marty] #466809
06/18/13 05:11 AM
06/18/13 05:11 AM
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FFB Telethon Fell Short of Financial Target

On Saturday, the Football Federation of Belize held its telethon to raise funds for the National Football Team, the Jaguars as they prepare for their historic appearance at the 2013 Gold Cup.

The FFB set out to raise half a million dollars – but when the final tally was made, they had only raised a little less than $120,000 thousand dollars, leaving them $380,000 thousand dollars short of their target.

That’s a major let down – but there were still inspiring stories of members of the public going to the Princess to make five and ten dollar contributions. Still, it’s corporate Belize that failed: they came through with only forty thousand dollars – only a third of what was raised.

Today, FFB Executive Member Marlon Kuylen told us they are disappointed but still moving forward.

Jules Vasquez "How much of an effect will this have on the plans going forward that you fell $380,000 short of your target?"

Marlon Kuylen, FFB Executive Member
"Well right now as it is, we owe the players $40,000 for stipends for the last game they played in Guatemala and for what we owe them for Costa Rica because I don't know if I had mentioned it to you but in Costa Rica for coming fourth we were supposed to collect $25,000usd which was promised to the players and when we collected the money we got a check for fifteen hundred and add dollars because the previous administration had owed UNICAF twenty three thousand and add dollars. So a promise is a promise, we can't go to the players and tell them that we didn't collect - we still had to pay them. So whatever we get from the pledges, if we collect all, we will still have to do our very best to make the players comfortable. The most important thing apart than making them comfortable in camp is hoping that we could leave monies behind for them for their families whilst they are out there for the two weeks or so because it won't be a good thing for the players to have to worry about their children at home or having them try to focus on the matches ahead."

Jules Vasquez
"If I see this and I say 'I missed my chance on Saturday and I would still like to do something, what should I do?' "

Marlon Kuylen
"Well, Belize Bank has branches all over the country - if someone wants to help us is just go into the branch and deposit to the Football Federation fo Belize's account (you don't have to give the number, just the name). Also there's a link on our website that will accept, it has a credit card facility, so any Belizean or anybody at any part of the world can go to that website and donate."

The fund raising effort was aimed at preparing the National team, which costs the FFB approximately $14,000 a week to keep the players fed and in full camp.

Channel 7

Re: FFB Needs Half Mil [Re: Marty] #467065
06/22/13 05:50 AM
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VIDEO: Message to Political Class of Belize

Following the disappointing level of support shown for the recent telethon effort to raise finances for Belize's national football team, the Jaguars, to compete in the 2013 Gold Cup, Mose Hyde delivers a heart felt message to viewers on the nation's premier morning talk show, Krem WUB (Wake Up Belize Morning Vibe... but can Belize's political class hear him? #17.06.2013

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