Dedicated to Bringing Belizeans Together


August 8, 2016


                                OFFICIAL STATEMENT

                                 Phyllis Hughes

                                   President

               Belize Educational Fund and Day in the Park Committee


     A wonderful day of celebration was interrupted by the actions of one individual.
We are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred at Belize Day 2016 and are very
concerned that two individuals that were injured. We apologize to our vendors, artists
and participants for the inconvenience caused by this matter.

     The safety and well-being of all who were present at Belize Day is our primary
concern. The committee has worked closely with Hawthorne Race Course to provide
adequate security for all those present at Belize Day. Despite our efforts, the safety
and well-being of all those present at Belize Day 2016 was jeopardized. The individual
responsible for the incident was apprehended at Belize Day and is in police custody.

     However, this incident has put the future of Belize Day in jeopardy since this
matter affects situations beyond the control of the Belize Educational Fund and Day in
the Park Committee. The committee is evaluating the situation and will make a decision
regarding the future of Belize Day after giving it careful consideration.

    Thank you for your continued support and may God continue to bless our people.
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