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Kindness in the Community Speech Writing Contest Thank You

On Friday the 10th of June, Holy Cross Anglican School pupils participated in a ‘Kindness in the Community’ Speech Writing Contest organised by Be Kind Belize.  Be Kind Belize has a number of people to thank and appreciates the opportunity to do so.

Firstly, the wonderful participants – Jaaphet Castillo, Aaliyah Roache, Stephanie Chi and Rodell Mendez – who all wrote wonderful and thought provoking speeches about ‘Kindness in the Community.  

Holy Cross Anglican School and the wonderful staff and teachers there did a fantastic job hosting this event and encouraging the children to participate.  Teachers supported and helped their children to prepare and we should be proud to have such wonderful teachers here in San Pedro.  

We were privileged to have two extremely talented Belizean women attend to give inspirational talks to the children at the school.  Mary Gonzalez, a ‘Face of Belize’ and award winning writer and Celeste Petersen, successful businesswoman, designer, artist and DJ.

San Pedro Lion’s Club provided a brilliant panel of judges, Tamara Sniffin, Miguel Perez and Enes Ramirez-Anderson, who had a very tough time selecting a winner.

Without a doubt, Stephanie Chi, the winner, deserved the accolade and won a brand new bicycle donated by a very generous sponsor, Ms. Janice Feldman.  All runners up received $25 gift certificates, very generously donated by Marty Casado of  Castillo’s Hardware gave us a great discount on the bicycle and threw in a lock too.

This event was a huge success and demonstrated how well individuals and groups that are working in the San Pedro community can cooperate to provide positive challenges and opportunities for our young people.  Thank you so very much to everyone who participated and supported this event.

Please watch out for more graduates from the Be Kind Belize programme later this year as well as other community awards that will be announced soon.   If you would like to volunteer as a Be Kind Belize Humane Educator or if you would like to sponsor the programme in some way, please contact Colette Kase on 226 4366 or write to

Colette Kase, Be Kind Belize

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