Spirit of Christmas Concert 2016
Over 450 children from across the country attended the Special Envoy’s Spirit of Christmas Concert which took place at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 3rd 2016. The concert is an annual initiative that aims to give a special treat to children living in childcare institutions and children with disabilities. This year’s attendees included residents of Hopewell House, King’s Children’s Home, Hosanna House, Hopewell House, Dorothy Menzies Childcare Center, Liberty Children’s Home, Mile 14 Transitional Home, Laugh Out Loud Children’s Home and Coral Grove Group Home. Students of Stella Maris School and the Patsie Browne Special Education Center as well as clients of the Inspiration Center were also included in the Christmas cheer. The children were treated to two and a half hours of entertainment provided by Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Dora, Ozzie the Clown, Marlyn Vansen, Jankunu Dancers, Ernestine Carbillo, TR Shine, the Belize Elementary School Dance Troupe and many others. During the show, each childcare center/institution in attendance received a gift that satisfied a small need they had. Everyone in the audience also received a small gift (a Special Envoy cap) and snack box at the end of the show. The Spirit of Christmas Concert is held especially for residents of the various childcare institutions in Belize who don’t get to spend the Christmas holidays with their families. With the annual fruition of this concert, Mrs. Barrow hopes to instill the festivity of the season within those who have very little. This year’s event was broadcasted live on Love Television. Additional sponsors include Running W Brand Meats, GS-COM, Hofius/Ace, Courts Belize, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mirab and Brodies. Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow thanks all performers and sponsors who contributed to the show’s success, especially the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and wishes Belizeans everywhere all the blessings of the season throughout the Christmas holidays and the New Year!