Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what you do today.”  This is a very powerful message and one that should resonate with all Belizeans given the context of what has been transpiring at our southern border.

What if all Belizeans came together in solidarity on September 10th, 2016 to participate in or support a massive peace pilgrimage to Belize’s southern border and to Sarstoon island to respectfully assert Belize’s territorial integrity?

The goal would not be to provoke an armed confrontation with Guatemala (that would be made abundantly clear) nor would it be to make a partisan political statement.  Yet, at the same time Belizeans should not cower nor be fearful to travel to any part of its territory.  The goal would be to give new meaning to the words of our national anthem…”Arise ye sons of the Baymen’s clan, Put on your armour, clear the land!”  “By the might of truth, and the grace of God…” all Belizeans need to stand up, valiantly, boldly and peacefully to protect our heritage.

What a fitting way a pilgrimage to Sarstoon island would be to commemorate the Battle of St. George’s Caye; and to pass down to future generations the courage to stand up for what is rightfully theirs, just as a handful of individuals did so very long ago.   

To do this properly would require a tremendous amount of planning, coordination and resources.

The goal is to raise $10,000 US by June 30, 2016.   If that goal is reached, an Event Team will be quickly assembled to plan, organize, and execute this event in time for September celebrations.  Donated funds will be used to cover direct costs of planning, organizing, and executing a peace pilgrimage to Sarstoon Island on or near September 10, 2016.   If the goal is not reached by June 30, 2016 any funds raised will be used for a related cause.  Any donors who contribute more than $100 will be acknowledged publicly unless they wish to remain anonymous.  Any donors who contribute more than $500 will be listed on printed materials and t-shirts unless they wish to remain anyonymous.

If you are interested in being part of the Event Team please indicate so in your comment.   Coordinators and sponsorship will be needed for:  ground transportation, boat transportation, security, venue/ceremonies, additional fundraising, food & entertainment, media/publicity, equipment & supplies.

If you are a Belizean or a friend of Belize, please make a donation now and stand up for what is right.
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