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It's a daring adventure for anyone, especially a 12-year-old boy, and even more so, for one who is blind. But, climbing the highest point in the country of Belize, Victoria Peak, is a challenge that Rowan Garel and his father Joe are more than willing to take on for the blind and visually impaired children at BCVI.

In 2010, the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) faced the likelihood of not being able to carry out their Annual Summer Camp for blind children due to a lack of funding. The non-profit organization supports blind and visually impaired students year-round, with the Camps being the highlight for them and their families. While the donations trickled in and camp was successful, in facing this crisis, Rowan and his parents worried about the other kids not having the opportunity in 2011 and came up with the idea.

The Garels have been with BCVI since Rowan was a baby. Now, 12 years old and at the top of his 7th Grade class, Rowan is a model student and a wonderfully caring boy. When told about BCVIs struggle raising funds, his parents were offered the chance to send him to the U.S. for a few weeks to attend a summer camp. Although Rowan was excited at the idea, his heartfelt response was, "What about the other kids?" Many of the students and young children in the program come from underprivileged families, and are not fortunate enough to have such opportunities. So, Rowan and his parents decided to help raise funds themselves. And so came about the Climbing Ambassadors for Sight.

Training started in January 2011 to prepare Joe and Rowan for the March 25th climb. The family, along with BCVI, hope that this venture will raise awareness and funds to help support not only Summer Camp, but other educational and rehabilitative training that the organization provides to blind and visually impaired people throughout Belize.

If you would like to support this cause, please visit our website to make a secure donation via PayPal

In Belize, please send your donations to BCVI at
PO Box 525
Belize City, Belize

For any questions, you can contact us via email at [email protected] or by telephone at
 (501) 636-1130. (
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    So proud of Rowan and his parents for taking this challenge.  Rowan is an amazing kid and will prove it once again.  You Go Rowan!!!


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    San Pedro stands in solidarity behind Rowan's and is parents' miracle of love and courage.

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    A true inspiration!!!

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    Milagro and Joe I must say that I am blessed to know wonderful people like you.The faith you both have in God is what makes Rowan what he is today.I am so so very very proud of him and of you both as parents. Love you all.


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    Truly inspirational! wish them the best and safe travels!


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    Milly , Joe and Aesha, We feel so proud of you guys. You've been such good parents with Rowan and Aesha. Rowan's strong will power to climb Victoria Peak in March is so admiring. Besides being the top student in his class, he is very brave  and courageous in doing this with his dad. I don't think I could do it myself.  I'm sure B.C.V.I is very proud to have Rowan as an inspirational model to everyone . Good luck and may your journey become a reality! Love you!

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    Once again Ro you will rise to the occassion as u alway you fully.......its going down in record books Ro.........only the thought of it has made me proud of you.


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    very inspirational indeed!!! May God be with you with you all always!!! I am sure HE is :)

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