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Media personality Orson Picart launches back to school backpack drive

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021. 6:37 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Veteran media personality Orson Picart, through his community initiative the Aspire for Greatness Foundation, is reaching out to Belizeans to support students preparing to go back to school, by participating in a backpack drive.

The aim of the drive is to alleviate some of the financial burdens on families preparing to send students back to school, by providing backpacks for 300 marginalized students. Picart, once a candidate for municipal government, stressed that he decided to go through the foundation, as the initiative has no political motivation and is geared towards assisting students whose families are facing increasing economic challenges.

“I just decided that I would use the resources I’ve gathered this past 20 plus years in the media to assist how I can,” Picart said.

He also said that the initiative is personal for him, recalling times in his youth where his family had similar challenges with regard to getting things together for back to school.

Picart is inviting individuals and organizations to partner with him for the initiative and will announce a distribution date sometime in August. Those wishing to join in on the initiative can call 628-5880. He notes that donors can remain anonymous if they wish, but encourages them to be open to the idea of making their donation public.

“I feel like people will appreciate knowing that you have other people in society who are willing to lend a hand in these trying economic times and for that, we must give them the props and the respect they deserve,” Picart added.

 

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