While the Belize Police Department held its annual auction today, the Commissioner of Police also donated ten bikes to ten children on Gibnut Street. The ComPol was approached by G Michael Reid, who is the founder of the Charly Burton Park on Gibnut Street. ComPol told Love News that they want to cater to children who don’t have any means of transportation to school.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “He told me of a number of children within the Antelope Street area and Gibnut Street who are going to school and for the most part do not have any transportation to go to school and he had requested that if there is any way that he can be allowed to purchase bicycles from the police auction at a reasonable rate. As the Commissioner of Police I cannot really say what price the auctioneer will place on a bicycle because it goes by bid and so what I did, I said to Mr.G Mike, I said instead of you purchasing these bicycles I’m going to donate ten of them to you so that they can be given to these children and it will be used as a means for their transportation to go to school. And so I ensured that the bicycles that is being donated to these kids today are ready for riding, I think a couple of them the tires may be flat it’s just a matter of pumping and then it is good to go. I believe that the bicycles go a long way for these children and it is a part of the continued project that we have in the Gibnut Street area. We first started the park together, myself and G Mike, and we got the cooperation of members of the public and the park has been going and I must say thanks to Mr.Reid for his continued effort in ensuring that the park is used by the young people within the area.”
According to G Michael Reid, the ten children were chosen on a merit basis by evaluating their performance in school and at home.
G.Michael Reid, Founder, Charlie Burton Park: “What we do is select guys on a merit basis. We evaluate their report cards and whatnot and how they’re doing at home and in school , in fact we had 14 that qualified; we have ten bikes so we have a problem trying to figure who’s going to get what but I did approach the commissioner and to his credit he called me back and said ‘well you don’t have to buy them I’m going to give you some.’ So I want to say thanks to Mr.Chester Williams who like you rightly mentioned was also a part of the initiative to create the Charley Burton Park which has now become a full fledged non profit foundation and the term foundation is appropriate because we try to put a foundation where these kids can build a positive life on and try to transfer to them all the principles that will make them into good citizens as opposed to a scourge on the community.”
Both Commissioner and Reid want to provide a recreational platform for the kids to prevent them from engaging in mischief.