The show must go on and the September Celebrations Committee is ensuring that even during a pandemic, Belizeans can still feel as patriotic as they have in past years. Today, the theme for this year’s September Celebrations was announced as being, “Overcoming Adversity, Creating Opportunity: Unite for Prosperity.” The theme was submitted by Precious Martinez, a 13-year-old student from Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio Town. Martinez is the youngest to win the competition and her submission was chosen out of three hundred and twelve other choices. Today, she explained her thought process behind the winning theme.
Precious Martinez, Theme Competition Winner: “I got the idea that overcoming adversities would probably mean like thinking about Belize during these challenging times and how we could turn these adversities into opportunities so that we can prosper and eventually as a nation bloom. An example would be like COVID-19. COVID-19 could be addressed more quickly if everyone would follow the safety measures and follow proper protocols without complaining then we would be normal, we would be able to continue our normal lives. Creating opportunities would mean like people unite like my dad he during these times he decided to start farming, growing corn in our yard and in his farm, tomatoes, cilantro and those so we don’t have to go to the market and risk our lives there. We become more prayerful and by using technology like right now our challenge to use technology for the present and the future I see it as an opportunity that we can compete with the world like schooling, internet, social media platforms. So at the end of the day all of us as Belizeans unite and have to prosper as a nation.”
The Chair of the Theme Competition, Enrique Carballo, explained why they felt this theme was appropriate for this year’s September Celebrations.
Enrique Carballo, Chair, Theme Committee: “It is a theme that really moves and gives us the spirit to look at what is happening to us and that we should try to create new opportunities. We’re in that position where we can do that and of course if we are to do this it has to be united, each and every Belizean needs to put on it’s little weight so that we can get ahead.”
One hundred and thirty one persons competed in this year’s theme competition.