May 2008 - 5th Community Challenge
Press release from George Price Centre for Peace and Development:
5th COMMUNITY SERVICE CHALLENGE
CHANGING OUR COMMUNITY… ONE ACT OF KINDNESS AT A TIME
On Saturday, May 10, the George Price Centre for Peace and Development, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Belmopan, organized the 5th Community Service Challenge. In the scorching sun, Belmopan youths vied for the title of “Community Service Champions” in this contest judged on readiness to work, efficiency, team spirit, youth leadership, creativity and courtesy to each other.
Could it have been the prediction of rising temperatures or perhaps even the lack of courage which prevented many of the previous Challengers to sign up this year? Only 3 teams could not be deterred and boldly took part!
First time participants of the Belmopan/Roaring Creek Cadet Corp did not hesitate in getting their hands dirty at their venue: the small park in front of the Belmopan Police Station. Weeds were ripped out, planters that were obviously used as ash-trays were cleaned out, grass was chopped, the fence was white-washed and even a dead possum was given its final resting place in the garbage bin.
An all-adult team of Rotaracters was tasked with the grueling job of scraping all the burglar bars of the Red Cross main building, in preparation for a much needed paint job. Although their team was not complete, they did manage to finish the task before the end-signal was given… with the help of their Rotarian judges. Not quite according to Challenge rules, but hey, in true Community Service Spirit!
Seasoned veteran Challengers, Marla’s Angels of Marla’s House of Hope pulled out all the stops for their task: to assist two elderly sisters as well as an elderly blind lady of Belmopan with house and garden work. Marla’s Angels swept and mopped, cleaned and cleared with a smile, to the delight of those they were assisting. Being well prepared for their task, the Angels impressed the judges as well as the elderly with sweet attentions such as hand-made cards and baked goodies!
Once again, despite this year’s “challenge of finding challengers”, the Community Service Challenge has proven that we can all work together and change our community… one act of kindness at a time.
During a brief ceremony held yesterday at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development, Marla's Angels, theteam of challengers from Marla's House of Hope were declared the winners of the Community Service Challenge 2008!
As reported earlier, during the Challenge the "Angels" assisted two elderly sisters as well as an elderly blind lady of Belmopan with house and garden work. The judges were particularly impressed with the team's preparedness to work and the genuine thoughtfulness they demonstrated by preparing cards and baked goods for the elderly people.
The Rotary Club of Belmopan and the George Price Centre for Peace and Development, organizers of the Community Service Challenge, wish to thank all those who assisted making this year's event possible and congratulate Marla's Angels on their well-deserved victory!