By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
A group of seven media personalities representing five media houses met on Saturday at the Image Factory in Belize City to plot the next steps for the Kareem Clarke Memorial Fund.
Melanie Young, Clarke’s sister, was also present at the meeting. She was presented with a $250 contribution from members of the media toward tuition for Clarke’s niece, whose education he had been supporting. Other media members are expected to make contributions in the coming week to help the family with expenses that Clarke would have otherwise taken care of as it relates to the education of his nieces and nephew.
The media, with legal advice, moved to formalize the Kareem Clarke Memorial Fund, which has been registered already, by deciding on executive members to serve as chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary. Alexis Milan from The Reporter will serve as chair, Hipolito Novelo from Love FM will serve as vice chair, Marisol Amaya from Krem will serve as the treasurer and Daniel Ortiz from Channel 7 will serve as secretary.
Since the first meeting several weeks ago, the group has been in contact with the principals of the St. Joseph primary school feeding program, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP), and have started the process of organizing a relationship, which will see the fund make contributions to the program in Clarke’s name. Clarke’s family, who is very active in the St. Joseph parish, had requested support for the feeding program in lieu of personal contributions to the family.
Other activities in the works include a food drive in August to collect dry and canned goods to donate to the feeding program in time for the back-to-school season. Details of this will be announced in the next few weeks. Also on the agenda is the planning of an event in November to coincide with Clarke’s birthday on the 21st, to promote literacy, reading and culture, by way of an essay competition.