El Volcan de Fuego eruptionin Guatemala on Sunday, June 3, 2018, has resulted in 86 deaths and at least 300 injuries, 2,000 missing persons so far, including the evacuation of many neighboring residents. Without any hesitation island residents of Ambergris Caye, Beilze united in the spirit of humanity to assist, in any way possible, our neighbors in Guatemala.
On Monday, June 4, 2018, Island Warriors Football Team, spearheaded a dollar drive and collection of canned foods and clothing at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Football Field. The group had a tremendous turnout of support having collected $1,158 in the dollar drive and three truckloads of clothing in just one night. Their fundraising efforts continued on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 and the entire community of San Pedro united for a grand radiothon and food/clothing drive on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
The San Pedro Town Council, San Pedro Lions Club, the Belize Red Cross, Communidad Salvadorena and Projects Abroad, united to raise fund for the Volcan de Fuego Victims. Dollar drives throughout the streets of San Pedro and the radiothon gathered a total of $10,400.69 all for our brothers and sisters in Guatemala.
A contingency from San Pedro will be personally delivering the items collected and monies to Guatemala on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Once again our little island has proven that when it comes to lending a helping hand we always join hands and assist. Kudos to everyone who helped out in making this relief effort a total success!
Belize Red Cross Launches Monetary Appeal for Volcano Victims
Emergency response teams from the Guatemala Red Cross are giving medical and psychosocial support to survivors, and ambulances from three Red Cross branches have been deployed to take wounded people to hospitals in the capital.
Walter Cotte, Regional Director of Americas for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said: “This disaster is very serious, and the situation may get even worse – as well as the ongoing eruption communities are also at high risk of mud avalanches”.
The Belize Red Cross has launched a Monetary Appeal for anyone who wishes to support the people of Guatemala affected by this terrible disaster. Cash donations may be brought to the National Society’s Headquarters at 1 Gabourel Lane, Belize City, telephone 207-3319 or deposited in the following accounts at the banks:
Belize Red Cross Disaster Appeal Account:
Heritage Bank Ltd. – A/C # 1082665
Belize Bank Ltd. – A/C 135648010120001
Scotia Bank Belize – A/C 9133246
NEMO Offers Condolences and Humanitarian Aid
In view of the situation, cash donation is the best form of relief. Donations can be sent to the Belize Red Cross. Corporations are strongly encouraged to utilize this arrangement. NEMO’s Humanitarian Officer can also be contacted at 822-2054, 668-7550 or 828-4334 by those persons or corporations offering donation. NEMO Belize continues to monitor the situation and to receive offers of assistance.
NEMO appreciates all assistance given to Belize in past by the people and government of Guatemala and hopes that this reciprocal humanitarian offer of disaster aid will be received in the spirit of humanity for those in need.