The Belize Lions have long been celebrated by those living in San Pedro Town. Â The organization has been fund raising for many years, supporting local and foreign projects with both their time and money. Â Now, the Belize Lion Clubs operating in Zone 59 have revealed that theyÂve raised over $7,000 to help MexicoÂs flood victims.
On Friday October 4th, the organization was involved in fund raising activities to raise money for those in dire need of it. Â The events have been hailed a great success, and the monies gathered will be given to the Lions Club International Fund (LCIF) so that it can be routed to the right cause. Â Chairperson for the Zone 59 Lions Club operations, Melanie Paz, said that a radio-thon, bingo, barbeque and dollar drive staged by the San Pedro Lions Club raised $5,000. Â Meanwhile, the Belize City Lions Club raised a total of $2,000. Â With the San Estevan Lions Club yet to report in on how much they managed to raise, itÂs believed that over $7,000 will be awarded to worthy causes.
In other news from the Lions, members of the charity said theyÂd held a work-a-thon on Saturday October 5th to help restore bathroom facilities at the San Pedro Roman Catholic school. Â The event was organized to coincide with October 8th; the day that is officially the Lions World Service Day. Â Two Peace Corps volunteers, a US Navy Sailor, four members of the United State Marine Corps and volunteers from Ambergris CayeÂs Belize Coast Guard joined forces with the San Pedro Lions to help. Â Rigoberto Kumul, President of the local Lions Club, organized proceedings and ensured that everyone got to work at the five-a-side football field where the bathroom facilities were in desperate need of a revamp. Â For both the male and female sections of the building, new fittings, windows and doors were installed. Â The entire building and some of the fencing alongside also received a welcome coat of fresh white paint.
The Lions bring a lot of community spirit to San Pedro Town and bring together people who wouldnÂt, under normal circumstances, work together. Â In collaboration, theyÂve raised a great deal of money for good causes and, in this latest venture, theyÂve not only found funds to help flood victims but aided the restoration of local amenities.