Courts Belmopan is exercising the gift of giving. At a handing over ceremony today, courts donated somewhere between 5 to 7 thousand dollars worth of furniture and utilities to the Helpage Center for the elderly in Belmopan. We spoke to Elvis Slusher, Branch Manager for Courts Belmopan, who explained to us the purpose of this donation.
Elvis Usher, Branch Management Courts Belmopan: We’re carrying out this annual share the joy campaign, which is a part of our corporate social plan. Last year we gave to all the children’s home in Belize across the country. And this year we saw that it was only fitting to give to the elderly now. So we’re targeting all the elderly homes. I think 5 of them in the country, and donating furniture and electrical appliances.
Emmanuel Pech, Reporter: One of them is Helpage Belmopan. Tell us what are you providing for them.
Elvis Usher, Branch Management Courts Belmopan: At this location, at this location in Belmopan we are providing a dryer, 2 washers, a stove, a refrigerator, 8 dressing tables, a computer and a printer valuing between 5-$7,000. Totally across the country we’re contributing $15,000.00
Evan Dakers, Chairman of Helpage Belmopan: Alright the equipment first of all include refrigerator, a computer and a printer, 2 washing machines and a dryer, 8 dressing tables. Basically since it’s going to be a home away from home for these people once they come here, we would need to have those types of equipment. The washing machine definitely is going to be used for laundry purposes, and of course the dryer. The computer will be utilized by our supervisor, the person who will be fully in charge of this institution once it begins to accept older persons. The dressing table will be utilized by the individual recipients. We have 4 rooms and 3 rooms will be fully utilized by residents. And in each room, more or less, we’ll be having about 3 persons per room so each individual will be having their own dressing table so that’s a table per person at least. Generally the equipment will be utilized by the residents and by the management team that will be running the institution here once it opens. We are hoping that we should open by the end of the 1st quarter next year which should be around June or May.
Helpage Belmopan is one of 11 branches in the country. Since its inception, Helpage Belmopan, named after one of the founding members of the branch, Hazel Hutchinson, has been expanding. This newly donated equipment, according to the committee, will go a long way when they open their doors and start accepting fulltime residents at the center.