Tuesday, June 3, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: Meet Mr. Franklin Caliz. He and a group of friends go on daily missions to lend a helping hand to the elders of this community.
And why does he do it? Caliz saus because it is “the right thing to do.”
Being a member of the Toledo branch of HelpAge Belize, Calez says he wants to see elders getting better care and social inclusion.
As part of the HelpAge social outreach program, Caliz and his group operate a feeding program for the elders.
With many elderly left to fend for themselves on a daily basis, many of them alone at home, the efforts of Mr. Caliz and his friends are very much appreciated.
“All what we are trying to do is to help change the way elders are treated,” says Caliz. He goes on to say that “not just because we are old we don’t play a role in society. We do count and we want the society to know that we are here and we want to be treated as equal.”
Furthermore, says Caliz, “they must realize that everybody will get to the point of being old and I wonder how would they want to be treated, how would they feel if they were to be ignored one day and to be put on the back seat. I think we together should make a starting point together. I invite them to let us walk together and help each other along the way. One day we might be in the same shoe. Here we support ourselves. We are always here to help in what way we can.”
Mr. Caliz and the HelpAge team say they will continue to work for the elders of Toledo for as long as God allows them because the helping hand they provide is very much needed.
Kudos to Franklin Caliz and his HelpAge group in Toledo. Definitely one of Belize’s Very Own.
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