The Ride Across Belize is a Social Security Board staff initiative to assist in community efforts as it relates to the development of Belize. Starting in 2004 and each year thereafter, the staff organizes the ride in collaboration with the cycling association and cycling enthusiasts as a means to raise funds for charity. Riders peddle their bikes from the north to the deep south of Belize.
The Social Security Board solicits financial or in kind contributions from business entities. The Board of Directors of the Social Security Board also makes a considerable donation matching any amount collected dollar for dollar. The cyclists who participate are also required to pay a $25.00 registration fee for each of the four stages of the ride. This money however, goes toward purchasing servicing materials needed for the ride.
In 2004, the Ride Across Belize, rode in the fight against HIV/AIDS and monies raised were donated to the National AIDS Commission and the Alliance Against AIDS.
In 2005, the ride was in support of youth organizations, the Youth Hostel and the Stella Maris School who benefited from the proceeds.
In 2006, the ride was dedicated to the upkeep of the only mental health institution in the country, the Rock-View Psychiatric Hospital.
In 2007, the ride supported two very distinguished organizations; Haven House in its on-going support for women affected by domestic violence and the Dangriga Chapter of the Help Age Organization that looks after the disadvantaged elderly population.
In 2008, the ride was in support of Marla’s House of Hope, the Belize Volunteer Blood Donor’s Association, and the Kidney Association of Belize.
In 2009, the Ride Across Belize fund raiser was in support of the Belize National Cancer Society, the Belmopan Cancer Society and the Nurse’s Association of Belize.
2010: the Rotary Club’s Gift of Life Program was the recipient of the funds raised.
2011: Two vital organizations were awarded the funds: BERT and the Belize Cancer Centre in Dangriga.
In 2012, The Social Security Board’s –Ride Across Belize proudly partnered with Crime Stoppers Belize and Belize Missing Child Emergency Response in support of their programs in an aim to reduce crime in Belize and as well, The Belize Missing Child Emergency Response which is a pressure group that seeks to strengthen police and community awareness for the purpose of improving the overall response of a missing child. It was established in June 2012, following the discovery of the body of 13 year old Jasmine Lowe.
In the year 2013, the proud recipients were the Belize Hospice Palliative Care Foundation and the Belize Red Cross Association.
The Social Security Board has an on-going commitment to foster community awareness and concern for those whose situation is less than ideal. The Board takes this opportunity to invite and encourage other organizations to join in this initiative and to be involved by giving back to the community.
The Social Security Board also appeals to the Belizean public and business community to give generously and support such a worthy cause.