Last year, in ten hours, Belizeans raised $1,093,368.66 for the construction of a special center for children and youth currently under construction at Mile 1 1/2 George Price Highway. A quarter million of that was a donation from Minister of Human Development Anthony “Boots” Martinez taken from the OPEC Fund for International Development and initially earmarked for the Southside Poverty Alleviation Program. This year the telethon’s target was half a million dollars, but with an hour to go only 4 hundred 7 thousand, 9 hundred 84 dollars had been pledged. This time it would be businessman Jitendra Chawla, aka “Jack Charles,” who would save the day, writing out a check for $92,000 just before 6:00 p.m. to send the telethon over the mark. The final pledge tally was $514,132.85. There were small and large donors alike. Many children, like one child last year, turned up with their piggy banks and emptied it for the cause. There were also the large entities like BTL, Social Security Board and BNE that made big donations. Donations were taken around the country as well as via telephone locally and internationally. Various dignitaries including Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, other Cabinet Ministers and Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley joined in to work the phones and raise pledges. An array of local artists was on call to perform and the event was broadcast nationwide on radio and television, including this station.