For the past seven years, well known activist Joel “Dara” Robinson, through the Dara Feeding Program, has been spreading awareness on poverty and providing meals for kids in the Belize City area. It’s a heartbreaking reality, but children can often times be seen around the city asking for a dollar or something to eat. It is after witnessing this that Dara decided to advocate for change.
Joel “Dara” Robinson:
After I start to find out from certain lee children and thing they used to ask me for money and things, they tell me that they didn’t have nothing to eat. I decided to go around and check the schools. I did this at several schools including high schools, and I get to find out this problem is big. I wondered how I could help and how I could make a difference. I called the talk show and mentioned it. People don’t hear about this problem. So I said I’m going to stop calling and make a big thing about it. I want to set an example and do it.
Since then, the program has picked up much momentum and throughout the year, Dara hosts fundraising events to carry on the effort. The next fundraiser will be next week Saturday, August 3rd. Dara, along with Kwame Scott of the Cycling Association will be hosting the 2nd annual Ride For Hunger. This year’s ride sees a couple changes from last year. Instead of riding West to North, they will be travelling from the Phillip Goldson Highway to the George Price Highway.
Kwame Scott – Cycling Association:
This ride is 40 miles. It is not a race. It is a ride. We start and finish at Smart headquarters on the Northern Highway. From Smart we head north at 6:30 in the morning. We head north through Ladyville onto the Hattievill/Burrell Boom Road. We make a pit-stop at CDS gas station for refreshments, 10 – 15 minutes. Then we head on to Hattieville, and on to Belize City. We’re riding into Belize City on the Central American Boulevard, Belcan Bridge onto the Northern Highway, finishing at Smart. At the end of the ride we’ll be having refreshments and Dara is still soliciting prizes. So your $5 registration can actually win you a prize. You get a ticket. If you remain there after the ride, then we will have a little raffle. You can take home a little something.
A truck will be accompanying the convoy where residents on and around that route can hand in their donations – whether it be monetary or food items. Keep in mind though that you don’t have to own a professional racing bike to participate and there will be vehicles servicing bikes and riders for the duration of the ride. Joining in the ride will be Rise and Shine host Louis Wade, who’s tabling a wager to viewers to pledge a contribution of any kind for every mile he rides.
Louis Wade – Host of Rise and Shine:
I will be joining the Dara Feeding Program Ride. All the proceeds from the ride will be going to feed children in Belize City. One out of two Belizean is poor. Many of them are unable to afford to send their children to school and to feed them, especially in the afternoons. Yesterday I committed to Riae and Shine viewers, as well as to Dara’s Feeding Program, that I will be riding with them next week Saturday.
You can contact the Dara Feeding Program at 623-3662 or deposit monetary donations at the St. John’s Credit Union, account number 29947 – The Dara Feeding Program. Again, the ride starts at 6:30am from in front of the Smart Offices. On the following day, the program will be hosting the 6th Annual Tribute to the late Lucky Dube and Peter Tosh. That starts at 4:00pm at the MCC Tennis Court.