A fundraiser to assist the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II with much needed medical equipment is being organized for Sunday, December 10th at Caribbean Villas, south of San Pedro Town. The entire community is asked to come out to support the worthy cause, which seeks to raise $60,000.

The high demand for the clinic’s services, combined with the need to properly dispose of its medical waste has prompted a few island residents to organize a massive fundraising event to better equip the facility. Organizers of the event include Melanie Paz, Peter Lawrence, Rebecca Arceo, and Ti Southwell. They were inspired after noting the good service the staff at the Polyclinic has been providing, which in many cases saved lives. “I was very ill at one time, about to die, but thanks to the doctors’ professional care I was quickly stabilized and then taken to Belize City,” says a past patient. “The staff is well trained and know what they are doing, but is clear that they need additional resources to operate even better.”

Island residents are encouraged to make monetary donations or provide prizes for the event’s silent auction. So far, several stakeholders have started to make monetary donations and prizes for the silent auction. Some of the prizes range from stays at luxurious resorts to electronic items and dinner at gorgeous restaurants. There will be a beach BBQ during the day of the fundraiser, and everyone is invited to come out and support the worthy cause. Tickets for the BBQ will go on sale on Friday, November 17th, and they can be purchased at Caribbean Villas, Pedro’s Inn, the Red Cross San Pedro Branch, Rotary Club, and from members of the San Pedro Lions Club. All proceeds will go towards this long-awaited project. Anyone interested in making donations can do so by contacting Carla at Caribbean Villas at 226-2715 or via email helppolyclinic2017@gmail.com.

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