A Community United
After meeting with Cabinet and obtaining the full scope of the damage caused by Hurricane Richard, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and Area Representative of Belize Rural South, reported that the Government of Belize is not requesting any food, clothing or house supplies for those affected by the storm as they have enough to distribute at the time and have received a great donation from our Mexican neighbors.
What GOB is asking for at the moment is the urgent need of materials for repairs of over 200 homes and structures that have been damage and/or destroyed by Hurricane Richard. GOB is already allocated funds for this but needs more assistance.
With this mind and an eagerness to assist our brothers in need, a group of island residents that represent a cross section of the island community have gotten together to organize a radiothon to raise funds that will be used to purchase building supplies and materials needed by Government and NEMO to help victims rebuild their homes.
Reef Radio conducted the radiothon all day Wednesday, October 27, in front of the Reef Radio Studios which started during the Good Morning San Pedro Morning Show at 7:00a.m. through to 5p.m. Volunteers were assigned to collect pledges. In the end, San Pedro pledged close to $27,000.
The groups who met up and organized the event include members from the Honduran and El Salvador Community, the San Pedro Red Cross, San Pedro Junior College, San Pedro Roman Catholic School, Saga Humane Society, San Pedro Tour Guide Association, the Ambergris Caye Chamber of Commerce, the San Pedro Business Association, Hon. Manuel Heredia, the San Pedro Town Council, Reef Radio and Ambergris Today.
* $29.1 million in estimated damage to the citrus industry.
* 200 plus, homes damaged in Hurricane Richard. $3.6 million dollars in estimated damages.
* Preliminary estimates of damage caused by Hurricane Richard is put at $33 million.
* Power Restored to 83% of Customers who lost electricity supply during Hurricane Richard