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Ride Against Fire (Toledo)

Ride Against Fire (Toledo)

Ride Against Fire
(Toledo)

Thursday, April 24, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: The Ya’axche Conservation Trust this past weekend held their annual Ride Against Fire in Silver Creek village, Toledo.

The objective of the event, according to the Executive Director of Ya’axché Conservation Trust, Christina Garcia, was to raise awareness of the destructive force of fire and to provide residents of communities at the foot of the Maya Mountains with key information needed to help them use and control forest fires especially during the dry season.

Christina Garcia (Executive Director, Ya'axché Conservation Trut)

Christina Garcia
(Executive Director, Ya’axché Conservation Trut)

Oganizers of the event used the opportunity through displays and short presentations, to dialogue with farmers on how they can go about using fire without causing destruction.

Aside from the educational aspect of the Ride Against Fire, the day’s event on Holy Saturday also included contests such as corn shelling, dancing and football.

There was also a football marathon featuring teams from the host village and other communities in the Toledo district.

The Ride Against Fire was held unde the theme: Fire is a good servant but a bad master.”

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