Blind boy 12, to trek across Belize

by Dyllan E. Lawrence


When the one’s eyes are blind one must  see with his heart, and that is exactly what 13-year-old Rowan Garel is doing in his walk across Belize.

Rowan, along with his dad, Joe Garel, will execute an  epic walk to raise funds for the visually impaired children at the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI).

Last year Rowan and his dad climbed to the top of the second highest mountain in Belize.

His quest to the top of the mountain was fuelled by the inspiration of the children at the B.C.V.I. It was from that point that Rowan and his father decided that they would do something bigger, something  for everyone to share in.

So this year’s “Walk across Belize” welcomes anyone who wants to become a part of it.

This is the first ever cross country walk, and is 5-day event that takes Rowan through 90 miles from the Guatemalan border to Belize City.

On day one, Thursday July 12th, the walk will be from Benque Border to Santa Elena. The second day will be from Santa Elena to Belmopan.

On day three the journey will be from Belmopan to Cheers Restaurant at Mile 30. On the fourth day, the walk will be from Cheers to Hattieville.

On the final day Rowan and his support team will arrive in Belize City from Hattieville, which concludes on July 16.

Whether you walk the whole 90 miles, a couple miles or no miles at all,  a contribution will be appreciated.

The set goal for the fund raiser is $90,000 and the purpose is  to support the essential services provided by B.C.V.I. for children who are blind or visually impaired.

To make pledges contact B.C.V.I. at [email protected]

Please  enter your name and telephone number with the amount you want to  donate.

If you do not have  access to Internet then contact Rowan or any member of his support team at tel.  636-1130 to pledge or sign up.

You can also support Rowan and the children in the Rehab Program by logging on to

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