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Rasha Dawson (Awardee)

Rasha Dawson (Awardee)

Rasha Dawson

Monday, May 12, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Police Department regularly awards young people for doing the right thing.

The most recent recipient was awarded today at Gwen Lizarraga High School. Graduating fourth former 18 year old Rasha Dawson lost her right leg to a traffic accident at the young age of 6 but remains steadfast and overcomes her challenges.

The Evergreen Street resident is a member of Belize Association of Persons Living with Disabilities and the youth group Motivating Youths of Belize, and regularly volunteers to assist the less fortunate, whether it is fellow youth or persons with disabilities.

She balances this with her school work and being a rolemodel for those who know her, such as the time when she made her cousins return things they stole from a neighborhood grocery shop.

Rasha says it was tough and traumatic to be an amputee at a young age but with training and counseling she learned to persevere and now says the experience taught her a lot.

She is now in the running for the national award to be given out later this year.

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