- Press Release, Inspiration Center, December 16, 2014, Belize City, Belize - Visiting Minister of Foreign Affairs for Taiwan, H.E. David Lin, handed over two wheelchair accessible vehicles to Chairperson of The Inspiration Center Board of Directors, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow. The vehicles comprise a 2014 El Dorado Aerotech 240, Ford E-450 bus and a 2014 Ford E-250 van. The bus has capacity for 6 wheelchairs and 9 stationary and fold-away seats; while the van accommodates 3 wheelchairs and 3 stationary seats.
According to Executive Director of The Inspiration Center, Kendra Griffith, the vehicles are being used to transport some 30 children with disabilities to and from the Center for therapy. Mrs. Simplis Barrow thanked Minister Lin and the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their continued support of the Center, noting that with this donation the Center is able to offer affordable and accessible transportation to complement its already affordable speech and physical therapy.
Kim Simplis-Barrow of The Inspiration Center addresses the gathering
For his part, Min. Lin reiterated his government’s support for Belize and that they were happy to contribute to such a worthwhile cause as children with disabilities. Following the short remarks, a demonstration of the vehicle’s hydraulic wheelchair lift system was conducted.
Preceding the ceremony, Minister Lin and his delegation—which included Taiwan Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Benjamin Ho—held private talks with Mrs. Barrow. They were then given a tour of the Center by the Executive Director. Minister Lin left the country shortly after the ceremony.