Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2023. 10:58 pm CST.
By Celeste Chang: Earlier this week, Belize City Deputy Mayor Allan Pollard Jr hosted a clothing drive to assist in supplying those who don’t have clothes. He hopes to give people confidence to step into an environment and feel good by looking good.
Pollard, who has announced a challenge for the mayoralty nomination of the People’s United Party (PUP) and was the losing candidate in the Queen’s Square division at the last general election, says this initiative is about harnessing the power of the citizen: “…a lot of times we feel like it’s the government that’s supposed to help the people, it’s a political requirement for them to help, but we don’t understand [how] the citizens play a big role in how our society shapes up. The way I saw it was if we all put our heads together and put our resources together, we can make something happen for the less fortunate.”
He continued, “I wanted to show people that rather than looking for funds or looking for money we could show people it’s not about money for us; it about making sure we could help directly, so hold your money and dip into your wardrobe and see what you can give.”
Pollard is planning assistance with school fees, grocery donations and in the near future, housing assistance.
As Pollard noted, he has been active in politics since the age of 23 (he is currently 28) and after growing up discontent with the state of Belize, he was determined to make his voice heard, change the world and show that everyone has a part to play in national development – even if it is easier to see something and complain rather than actively try to fix it.
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