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You may not know it but whenever there is an emergency or disaster many times response services must rely on volunteers to effectively reach out to all those affected. But getting that kind of assistance is never easy, and sustaining it is another story. And that is why a special day has been set aside to give thanks to all those persons who selflessly give of their time without expecting anything in return. Reporter Maria Novelo takes a look at the volunteers who form the heart of any nonprofit organization, in this case the Belize Red Cross.


LogoMaria Novelo – Reporting

The work done by millions of volunteers who help promote development and deliver assistance to people in need is being recognized today, December 5th, on International Volunteer Day. Millions of people around the world who engage in humanitarian works are recognized for the selfless efforts towards humanity and in Belize it is no different. Ctv 3 News spoke with a few persons that have significantly impacted communities throughout Belize. Zair Marin is a Youth Volunteer at the Red Cross.

Zair Marin– Youth Volunteer, Red Cross

“It all started when it began high school I saw the necessity and because of the hurricane disaster that came here and we saw that it needed more people so Bishop Martin has a club of the Red Cross first aid so I joined that and I met Mrs. Parra and so she encouraged me to follow the voluntarism in Red Cross.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“Speak to us about the experience so far?”

Zair Marin– Youth Volunteer, Red Cross

“Well, the experience is pretty good as I said in the early show, it is not an easy job, it is tiresome, sometimes we stay until late up doing distribution in the disaster relief, sometimes the survey itself takes a lot of time but in the end it is worth a while it give you a relief that you know that your community that other people are safe and that warm felt in your heart really fills up the space.”

Since its establishment in Belize in 1914, the Red Cross, an international medical care organization, dedicated to the remedial treatment of the sick or wounded in both World Wars and natural disasters, has been a staple in Belizean history. And for over 27 years, Adela Parra, Coordinator of the Red Cross, OW Branch, has selflessly given back to her community making her one of the many unsung heroes that have positively impacted our society.

Adela Parra– Coordinator, Red Cross, Orange Walk Branch

“Being a volunteer is something very precious, you know you don’t look to gain but to help and to alleviate the suffering of other people.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“What drive you to get up and do what you do, we all know it is a thank less job?”

Adela Parra– Coordinator, Red Cross, Orange Walk Branch

“Whenever there is a need and people touch you then you know that you need to respond, as a volunteer I do it when I have my time free that I can contribute without looking to gain and assisting people as we keep saying alleviating human suffering.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“Today being observed as international volunteers’ day, you feel like yourself included deserve this recognition?”


Adela Parra– Coordinator, Red Cross, Orange Walk Branch

“No, I don’t think so because I feel I can go extra miles yet before I can get into it, you know, I mean looking forward to gain in that way, my precious thing with the Red Cross is that whenever I do something and people would say thank you very much God Bless you I feel that that is more rewarding than any gold or any money because that is what we need blessings an when you nget that you move on in this world.”

It is said that it is the responsibility of every citizen to help each other in hard times without seeking a reward.


Zair Marin– Youth Volunteer, Red Cross

“We don’t get paid but although we get our food and travel and transport and everything paid we believe that our work is not paid and our work is not so easy and we believe that recognition is needed.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“Speak to us in some of the activities that the Red Cross is engaged in particularly with the youths?”

Zair Marin– Youth Volunteer, Red Cross

“Some activities we do are sporting, we also get together meaning that we go to some location and we call youths from all over the country to participate in it.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“Have you seen the response from the youths wanting to volunteer?”

Zair Marin– Youth Volunteer, Red Cross

“Well, yes we have seen it because in the community when we do evaluation or when we are helping there we see that they youth and we also come back home with some youths that are interested in joining the Red Cross.”  


The Belize Red Cross has also been the driving force behind the formation of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired, as well as the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), to name a few. 

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