San Pedro Lions host visually impaired children

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 30            July 27, 2006

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The BCVI children enjoyed a refreshing dip in the waters of Ambergris Caye; a first for some of them! After a nice picnic, they were then driven around in golf carts to experience San pedro through another medium - the golf cart!

Last Sunday, July 23rd, children and families attending the Belize Council of the Visually Impaired (BCVI) summer camp 2006 were hosted by the San Pedro Lions Club for a picnic at the Boca del Rio Park. The 22 camp participants were blind and/or visually challenged children ranging in the ages four to eighteen (4-18).

    Arriving shortly after 10:00 a.m. the kids, along with family members and BCVI staff were transported to the park where they had the opportunity to enjoying swimming in the sea and basking in the sun. The visitors to “La Isla Bonita” were treated to a delicious rice and beans lunch, sodas, ideals, cake and golf cart rides through the sandy/cobblestoned streets of the island, before heading back home.

    On this the 10th anniversary the camp was divided into three mini-camps and a special skills training segment of two weeks. Under the motto “Fostering inclusion in our community through social and educational integration” the kids learn skills such as daily living, orientation and mobility, general topics of interest for overall development, skills for career or vocational development, Braille, and the Nemeth code along with many others.

    The San Pedro Picnic was made possible through the kind courtesy of the San Pedro Lions Club. Special thanks go out to: Food donations: Lions Melly Kumul, Martha Guerrero, Stephen Manuel, Nita Marin, Isela Graniel, Nellie Sabido, Severo Guerrero Sr., Baldemar Graniel, Gilberto Acosta and Joe Alamilla; Ideals: Velie Williams; Golf Cart: Moncho’s Rentals, and Bernabe Badillo with the Ambergris Caye Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks go out to the Lions that attended and assisted in every way possible: Lions Felix Ayuso, Melly Kumul, Nita and Beto Marin, Severo Guerrero, Abel Guerrero, Nellie Sabido, Steve DeMaio, Carmelita and Manuel Heredia Jr., Gonzalo “Reds” Lara, Lupe Casarez, Wayne Anderson, Kainie Manuel and Stephen Manuel. Special recognition goes out to Juvinie Sabido and Mary Gonzalez (food donation) who assisted and attended.
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