Thursday, September 24th, 2015. Chrisbert Garcia Reporting: Kimone Flores, also known as “PG Gyal”, was born and raised in Punta Gorda before migrating to the United States (US) where she now resides, but Ms. Flores never forgot her roots as she continuously donates to education in Punta Gorda Town with her annual backpack drive and other initiatives that provide students with school equipment.
Kimone started a group called “Everything PG” that assists her with the backpack drive which was held on July 25th this year in California. Many Belizeans living abroad supported the initiative and donated a total of 140 backpacks that were shipped to PG by and were handed over to principals of selected schools today.
These backpacks are usually given to children in the Nihi-Hollywood area of PG and last year they were also given to students of four primary schools in town, but this time around, Kimone is shaking things up by giving the bags to four primary schools on the outskirts of PG, in surrounding villages.
Those schools are Little Flower RC School in Forest Home Village, St. Phillips RC School in Cattle Landing Village, Big Falls RC School and St. Joseph RC School in Barranco Village. Flores says that bags will also be given to random children in PG who are less fortunate and need the assistance.
Flores spoke to our Toledo correspondent and thanked everyone who donated and went to the backpack drive. She also thanked her team, comprised of Ms. Ava Gabourel, Ms. Cheryl Betancourt, Vern Rodriguez and Triz Castro.
When asked why she is so committed to giving back to education in PG and Toledo on a whole, Flores said, “I love Toledo for everything it has taught me. Growing up in Toledo I’ve always heard my district being described as the forgotten one and I never liked that description, so I pride myself in making an effort to change that saying as Toledo is rich in talented individuals, both in academics and sports. The objective is to reach the homes of all those less fortunate individuals and help them reach their potential. I am the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Andrea Gabriel who also devoted her life to the people of P.G and since she’s my inspiration, I pray that I can make her and my mother Ms. Elena Gabriel proud. It’s done with love and the desire to let the children/youth know that someone cares.”
The backpacks will be issued on Monday, September 28th to students at the selected schools.
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