Founding members of Jankunu Productions along with the Love Foundation were able to raise just over twenty three thousand dollars via an initiative aimed at helping persons in vulnerable groups as well as front line workers. The foundation, Jankunu Productions and RSV Limited conducted a telethon today to raise funds as part of a covid relief initiative. Love Foundation’s Director, Deborah Sewell along with Julie Ellis-Bradley of Jankunu Productions spoke of the initiative earlier today on the COVID-19 Relief Show on Love Television.
Julie Ellis-Bradley, Jankunu Productions: “I do want to say what a tremendous work our front line people have been doing and that we wish them all the best and we know that there are many persons contributing at this time. This effort is to any needy or vulnerable person who will be able to benefit and so we know that our front line workers they too have families that may fall within the category of the vulnerable and so on so we want to make it clear that this is not something that is being done by the government, this is something being done because private citizens want to be able to give back in this time and those in the performing arts I’m just so heartened by the fact that everybody came on board willingly to give of their talent and so in this time this is what we need. Each of us have something that we can contribute and even if it is that you can’t contribute financially we want you to be able to enjoy this, share it, like and also encourage your family and others to tune in and let us have a good time today while we help to life each other up to break the heaviness and challenges going on around us, we want to be able to use our talents in a way that will help to bring that lightness.”
Chief Executive Officer for Love Foundation, Dr Rene Villanueva, led the televised fundraising effort since nine o’clock this morning. According to Dr Villanueva, the funds will be used for elderly persons.
Dr.Rene Villanueva Sr.,CEO, RSV Limited: “We hope to use the funds from the telethon through the Love Foundation to assist the elderly people because a lot of times we forget that we have a lot of elderly people. The Love Foundation has a vast databank of people who need assistance so with the funds that are gathered today the Love Foundation will be able to reach out to more and more people in conjunction with the Jankunu Productions Crew. I think this morning’s session went rather well. We have to remember that many people are in need in our country today. Many people are in need in our country today and so in doing a telethon like this it is not to say that if you don’t have it then we’re asking you for it. No, it’s here to say those who have can give to those who need and that is the spirit in which we agreed to do this telethon that those who have a medium, a conduit through which they can help those in need. A conduit that is not a government conduit but really a conduit that’s a private sector driven conduit and will definitely make sure that those who need the assistance receive the assistance. Of course you cannot help everyone but whosoever you can you know if it’s just one person, five persons, ten persons, a hundred persons we are each helping to make the burden easier on our fellow Belizeans as we go through this crisis.“
The telethon included LIVE streaming entertainment from local and international artists. From abroad there were performances from Omar Wilson, Glen Titus Campbell, Lisa Pike, Doneth Cartwright and Dahlia Harris. Local participants included Tremett Perriott, Sandy Bradshaw, Jackie Castillo, Dionne Chamberlain Miranda and Leon Banks, among others./