Ride Across Belize
The Ride Across Belize is a Social Security Board’s staff initiative with assistance from the community. Its aim is to support charitable causes to enhance the development of Belize. Ride Across Belize initiative started in 2004, when medical practitioners linked to Social Security Board decided that the institution needs to do more in emphasizing the importance of healthy living. Looking at the volume of sick certificates coming in; we felt that Belize was not as fit as it should be. There are two main objectives in the Ride Across Belize program. The first is to work as a team and raise needed funds to generate public awareness for worthy causes. The second is to promote healthy lifestyles in Belizean homes.
2004 – The Ride Across Belize rode in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Funds raised were donated to The National AIDS Commission and the Alliance against Aids.
2005 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of youth organizations. Funds raised was donated to Youth Hostel and the Stella Maris School.
2006 – The Ride Across Belize rode in dedication to the upkeep of the mental health institution. Funds raised were donated to Rock View Hospital.
2007- The Ride Across Belize rode in support of women affected by domestic violence and the disadvantaged elderly population. Funds raised were donated to The Haven House and Help Age.
2008 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of Marla’s House of Hope, Kidney Association of Belize and Belize Volunteer Blood Donor’s Association. Funds raised were donated to each organization.
2009 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of the Belize National Cancer Society, the Belmopan Cancer Society and the Nurse’s Association of Belize.
2010 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of opportunities to be provided to children suffering from heart conditions, to seek expert attention. Funds raised were donated to Rotary Gift of Life Program.
2011 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of the Belize Cancer Center in Dangriga and the Belize Emergency Response Team. Funds raised were donated to Belize Cancer Center in Dangriga and the Belize Emergency Response Team in the amounts of $50,000 and $26,000 respectively.
2012 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of crime reduction and the improvement of the overall response of a missing child. Funds raised were donated to The Belize Missing Child Emergency Response and Crime Stoppers Belize.
2013 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of Belize Red Cross and Belize Hospice Palliative Care Foundation 3.
2014 – There was no ride in this year.
2015 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of the completion and renovation of a male and female bathroom, donations of mattresses and equipment. Funds and items raised were donated to Palm View Center in Belmopan City. Saint Mary’s Feeding Program in Belize City, was also awarded $20,000 cash and a freezer valued at $3000.
2016 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of (9) feeding programs. Funds in the amount of $6000 were donated to each of the following programs: St. Paul’s Anglican School Feeding Program in Corozal, St. Peter Anglican School Feeding Program in Orange Walk, Together, we can solve hunger in Belize City, Holy Cross Anglican School Feeding Program in San Pedro, Cornerstone Foundation Feeding Program in Santa Elena, Belmopan Police Feeding Program in the City of Belmopan, Red Cross Society Feeding Program in Dangriga and Toledo Schools Feeding Program in Punta Gorda.
2017 – The Ride Across Belize rode in support of Adopt a Child with Disability and Urban Schools Gardening Program. Donations will be awarded to three (3) schools in Belize however, to date, no distribution has been made. As soon as the names have been released, an update will be made to our website.