There are never any shortage of fundraisers in San Pedro, your donations will go a long way – and you can have some fun while helping a great cause. (Feature image above courtesy of San Pedro Sun News Paper)
Here are some three great upcoming countrywide charity events that are coming up fast and need your support and one success story.
CG Esthetic Beauty Salon
Sunday November 13th, from 9:00AM to 4;00PM; , “Glamour Shots Day” – Proceeds to the San Pedro Food Bank and San Pedro Belize Red Cross.
Hair, makeup and photo: $150
Single pic (no hair and makeup): $75
Group pics for four or more: $40 per person (folks in group may get hair and makeup done for $140 per person)
Regular nail polish application: $15
Payments need to be received no later than Saturday, November 12th.
There will also be a clothing and accessories swap the day of the event.
CG Esthetic location – Sea Grape Drive, one block behind Mermaid’s Supermarket. Telephone: 626-2154
Humane Society Bidding Bonanza (online auction)
Now until November 25 – Proceeds to Saga Humane Society
This is your chance to fetch the greatest gifts and vacation deals, all while helping to save lives.
It’s simple. You bid on a great prize, and you help the staff and volunteers save the lives of the homeless, sick and unwanted animals of Ambergris Caye. Click here to check it out.
Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic (BWRC) Gala
Saturday November 19 – Proceeds to help BWRC in providing veterinary care and rehabilitation to orphaned, injured and otherwise imperiled wildlife, field rescue and emergency response as well as support for conservation partners, training and educational outreach. THis event will be held at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel
Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday December 17 – Proceeds to Raise Me Up, San Pedro Food Bank and Hope Haven.This annual event is always a holiday favorite on the island. See their Facebook Page for all the updates and how you can get involved.
Amazing San Pedro Community Effort
Aside from fabulous fundraisers, San Pedro is also known for it’s community Spirit and helping those in need. As is the case from the following press release detailing everyone that joined together to help.
Raise Me Up (NGO, Belize) would like to thank the amazing community of San Pedro Town and its supporters for all of the amazing contributions to the rebuild of the San Mateo subdivision after the devastation caused by Hurricane Earl on Ambergris Caye. The area had 52 homes heavily damaged or completely demolished by the hurricane.
Immediately after the storm, David Jenkins, (co-proprietor of Sandbar Beachfront Hostel & Restaurant) Brittney O’Daniel (co-proprietor of Sandbar Beachfront Hostel & Restaurant/Raise Me Up Board Member/Lions Club Vice President), and Timrose Augustin of NEMO headed up the San Mateo Rebuild Project.
The efforts of many through physical effort, materials and money to help rebuild were successful. The project was managed and coordinated by David Jenkins assisted by Steve Jacobson. All funds for the project were collected and distributed by local NGO Raise Me Up.
Special thanks to Robin Doeden for heading up collection effort from USA with a total of $4,100. Donors include herself, Bob & Carolyn Doeden, Dan & Jody Wichman, John Pues, St. John’s Youth Group, LeeAnn Atwood, Peggie Wells, Ron & Catherine Nunes, and Tamara Lyons.
Steve Jacobson, owner of Lola’s Pub in San Pedro Town, donated over $5,000 for the purchase of lumber, and organized the transport of the materials from mainland areas of Belize City and Cayo District.
Caribbean Depot provided the transport of materials from Belize City to Ambergris Caye.
San Pedro Town Council provided a donation of $5,000 via Atlantic Bank, and provided trucks for delivery and transport of building materials throughout San Mateo.
Dari Bartz visited from the Corozal District of Belize, donated $1,000 and physically helped with the rebuild for 2 days. After her return to Corozal, she donated an additional $4,000.
Mahogany Bay donated $4,000, along with skilled craftsmen and contractors for the duration of the rebuild project.
Miss San Pedro High, Faith Peterson, with the support of Lori Rusk, donated $8,000 to help with the final two homes, helping us reach our goal to complete the San Mateo Rebuild Project.
Atlantic Bank, International donated $3,000 for the purchase of building materials. Seaside Realty and Banyan Bay Suites each donated $1,000 towards the purchase of building materials.
The following businesses and individuals also donated funds needed for building materials: The Truck Stop, Sandbar Beachfront Hostel & Restaurant, Fido’s Restaurant & Bar, Ronnie & Lisa Cyrier (Dooley Bear Adventures), Nook Restaurant & Cocktail Bartique, Camp Belize (Jerry Jeff Walker friends and family), Denise Post, Summer Knuth & friends, John Lacy, Crazy Canucks’ Crab Races, Grant Ice, Lester Castro, and dozens of anonymous donors and benefactors.
The San Mateo Rebuild Project would not have been possible without the assistance of the dozens of volunteers who dedicated their time to help with the assistance of rebuilding homes. Thank you to the following volunteers: Victoria House for providing volunteers, Vic Murphy, Jeff Parker, Ronnie Cyrier, Ed Sparks, Ben Sept, Pete Davis, Trevor Del Valle, Projects Abroad, Arcadia University, Cesar Gonzales, Dari Bartz, Kaitlin McWhorter (Sancas Realty), and Brittney O’Daniel. Special thanks to Bill Graham for traveling from Cayo and staying in San Pedro Town for weeks; Graham’s expertise in home building made a difference to the completion deadlines for the entire of the project.
NEMO and Belize Red Cross members conducted assessments of all the homes that were in need of repair. Raise Me Up thanks them for their assistance and time.
Austin Pierce of Paradise Theater provided a container for the San Mateo Rebuild Project, to store all building materials as they were utilized to complete the builds.
Special thanks to San Pedro Fire Chief Lennon Newton for his assistance in San Mateo.
The following business have provided meals for the volunteer staff: Sandbar Restaurant & Bar, Brooklyn Bagels, and Nook Restaurant.
The San Pedro Sun and Ambergris Today have helped spread awareness regarding the San Mateo Rebuild Project.
At the completion of the San Mateo Rebuild Project: 4 complete houses were built; Humberto Garcia, Shirley Martinez, Louise Young and Mario Chamillo. Partial rebuilds (new roof and/or walls) were provided for 12 homes, and an additional 36 homes were given plywood and zinc and instructions on how to manage their own repairs.
NEMO provided mattresses for all of the homes within the San Mateo Rebuild Project, the San Pedro Lions Club opened their doors to provide clothing immediately following the hurricane, and the San Pedro Food Bank provided food assistance immediately after the hurricane.
Raise Me Up is a non-profit organization committed to eliminating inadequate living conditions by fulfilling basic needs of underprivileged communities within Belize. They do so by raising awareness and funds locally and internationally, while providing complete transparency and recognition to all benefactors.
Raise Me Up cannot express enough gratitude to the San Pedro community, for your dedication and countless hours of support for this project. It could not have been completed without every one of you.
Click through on Raise Me Up Website for more information on the great work they do.