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SP Tour Guide Association assisting almost 200 guides weekly #544233
08/16/20 04:58 AM
08/16/20 04:58 AM
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The San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA) has been looking after its members since the first COVID lockdown via a pantry program. The campaign continues, thanks to the many donors that continue to support the program, and every Friday the association provides food items to 180 tour guides. The SPTGA began with this initiative following the first phase of COVID-19 in March, which ended with all jobs in the tourism industry of Belize. At the beginning, the SPTGA used its own resources to assist its members.

After doing a survey, they found out that around 250 tour guides, with boats, wanted access to fishing rather than being part of the pantry program, while allowing those most in need to benefit from the program. The food assistance consists of basic staples such as rice, beans, cooking oil, meat (chicken), dairy products, flour, and some hygienic products as well. The association initially planned to open a GoFundMe page, however, they were allowed to use, where additional information can be found about the initiative and donations can be made.

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Re: SP Tour Guide Association assisting almost 200 guides weekly [Re: Marty] #545988
11/04/20 12:18 PM
11/04/20 12:18 PM
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SPTGA thanks donors for supporting their pantry program

Throughout the current pandemic, and even after the tourism industry re-opened in Belize, the San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA) continue to look after their members via a pantry program. Currently, they are helping 200 individuals with food items weekly. As such, the SPTGA takes this opportunity to thank the many donors who continue to support the program that has been assisting since March of this year.

SPTGA’s President Philip ‘Billy’ Leslie is grateful for the different stakeholders and individuals who have supported the pantry program this far. On behalf of the association members, they thank the following businesses/persons: Cayo Rosario Investment Group, Casa Pan Dulce, Caribbean Tours, El Dorado Supermarket, Oceana, Suya Tours, and Incumbent United Democratic Party Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South, Manuel Heredia Jr.

The tour guides thank the SPTGA for their efforts to assist them in this critical time. They hope that in the months ahead, tourism returns to its normalcy. That normalcy is even more uncertain now, as infections connected with the deadly virus continue to rise. However, the SPTGA said they would continue assisting their members as much as they can.

Anyone able and wanting to help with the pantry program can contact SPTGA’s president Leslie by calling +501-610-3507 or visit

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Re: SP Tour Guide Association assisting almost 200 guides weekly [Re: Marty] #546010
11/05/20 06:42 AM
11/05/20 06:42 AM
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The San Pedro Tourist Guide Association would like to send a major thank you to All who have helped us in these troubled times. Special thanks, of course, goes out to: Mr. Don Listwin and family, Canary Cove, , Cayo Rosario Investment Group, Manuel Heredia, El Dorado, Andre Perez, Suya Tours, Oceana, Caribean Tours, RRR water Rescue, RRR Land & Air Evac. Thanks also goes out to those that believed in the system and had reached out to the tour guides.


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