By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
On Friday, the Belize City Council held its fourth annual “Labour for Belize” community service drive, to foster good community relations and give some upliftment to the city.
The initiative, which calls on citizens to volunteer their time on Labour Day to collaborate on various community service projects, had its central opening at 6 a.m. at the San Cas Plaza. Several entities sponsored the initiative, including the police, non-governmental organizations, schools and community based organizations, as well hundreds of volunteering citizens.
At the opening, Mayor Darrell Bradley explained that there are 22 service sites positioned throughout the city, many of which had already begun their work from 5 a.m. Sites were strategically placed in areas such as Central American Boulevard, Marine Parade, and Mahogany Street.
“We will be doing various service projects, cleaning painting, planting trees, clearing of drains,” Bradley said, “the central theme is very simple, on Labour Day and everyday we should be labouring for our city.”
Bradley added that while the city council identified some sites as priority areas, many of the service sites were selected by community members. He also explained that a driving force behind the project is an effort to address many of the problems Belize City is having through citizen involvement
“The city is not a physical space it’s the people; and while we have issues with crime and violence initiatives like this, which promote healthy values and civic pride, are the answer.”
Residents of Hattieville also came to the city to offer their support.