San Pedro Lions Club host visually challenged children

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 28            July 19, 2001

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San Pedro Lion Club members with BCVI Camp participants

The San Pedro Lions Club was more than happy to host a picnic last week for 42 members of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI). Twenty-four of the participants were blind and/or visually challenged children and youth who take part in an annual BCVI camp held at the Santa Familia Monastery in Santa Elena, Cayo District. The other members of the team were organizers, volunteers and chaperons for the attendees. During this two-week camp, visually impaired children and youth from all over the country are involved in arts and crafts, field trips and learn daily living skills. Accompanying the team to "La Isla Bonita" was Mr. Evan Cowo, teacher of the blind and supporter of BCVI, and Ms. June Samuels, organizer of the annual youth camp.

Before coming to San Pedro, the group was hosted by Janus Foundation in the Mountain Pine Ridge area where they learned about the foundation's conservation project. Their trip to San Pedro was made possible through the kind courtesy of many donations and assistance from the public and private sector. Tropic Air donated 20 seats for the participants and the San Pedro Lions Club hosted and catered the picnic at Boca del Rio Park.

"We are very grateful to the San Pedro Lions Club for opening their arms and hearts to this group of special children. We must also extend a heartfelt thank you to Tropic Air for their support, as well as to the volunteers of His Servant's Ministry of Kentucky, USA for always supporting this annual camp. San Pedro seems to be the perfect medicine for these children and we certainly hope to come back," stated Mr. Cowo.

During their stay in San Pedro, the children were treated to a finger-licking barbeque lunch, toured the island on golf carts and had a great time swimming in the warm waters of the sea; for some, this was a first. After a relaxing day on the island the group returned to Santa Familia Monastery where the camp came to an end last Friday.
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