Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr, presented a cheque of five thousand dollars to the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch, in aid of the residents affected by the fire. The cheque, as a part of the Belize Tourism Board’s contribution, was presented along with boxes of clothing, food items and toiletries donated by the BTB staff. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr says the BTB and staff are very happy that they were able to provide some support to the families and while the donation in no way can compensate for their loss, they sincerely hope that it will ease their displacement and bring some semblance of comfort in their lives. The Minister expressed gratitude to the San Pedro Fire Department, Belize Red Cross and NEMO for their quick response and for placing priority on the relief and safety of the residents. Over sixteen families, including children, were uprooted by the tragic fire that destroyed eight buildings in the Boca del Rio area of Ambergris Caye on July 6th, 2014. For those who wish to contribute, you to contact the Belize Red Cross for more information at 207-3319.