San Pedro children receive assistance

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 12            April 3, 2003

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Ambassadors for Children provide dental treatments and supplies

Ambassadors for Children from the United States and the San Pedro Lions Club joined forces last weekend to benefit the wonderful children of San Pedro. Two dentists and 20 volunteers spent Saturday morning at the Lions Den administering free concentrated fluoride treatments and distributing donated toothbrushes and toothpaste to more than 250 island kids.

    Ambassadors for Children, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA is the non-profit "arm" of Ambassadair Travel Club that travels the globe and frequently flies to Belize. The Ambassadors combine humanitarian work with vacation time to accomplish medical, dental, optical and cultural missions all over the world. "Our goal was to treat 200 children and we saw over 200 today. Next time we'll shoot for 300!" exclaimed Sally Brown, co-founder of Ambassadors for Children.

    On Monday, the group participated in a "Sports Day" for children at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School. Volunteers and primary school children enjoyed several activities such as dodge ball, soccer and relay races. In addition, Ambassadors for Children donated school supplies, teaching aids and sports equipment to the school.

    San Pedro High School also benefited from this humanitarian "mission" during their scheduled "Field Day" on Wednesday. Classical literature and school supplies were donated by the US group which included six "student" ambassadors who traveled to Belize on a scholarship through Ambassadors for Children. Mission Leader Adam Corya professed, "We'll be back to San Pedro- it's always a joy to visit."

    On behalf of all the people of the island, The San Pedro Sun would like to thank these very generous and giving individuals for their kindness and extend a hearty welcome for their return to "La Isla Bonita".
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