SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN CELEBRATE 3RD ANNUAL DIGICEL FESTIVAL OF FUN DAY
Digicel was pleased to have successfully hosted the third annual “Digicel Festival of Fun Day” for children with special needs at the Beausejour Stadium Indoor Facility.
Digicel, the title sponsor of the Digicel Festival of Fun Day event, through its Caring Connections Programme, was happy to continue its patronage this year for this event. With collaborative efforts from the Saint Lucia Ministry of Education and Human Resource Management, and Labour’s Special Education Unit and NGO, and The Sacred Sports Foundation, many differently abled children from around the island converged at the Beausejour Stadium Indoor Facility to represent their school proudly at the Digicel Festival of Fun Day. This worthwhile initiative celebrated the diversity of Saint Lucia’s special needs community and members’ abilities.
With more than 400 children, teachers and parents from around Saint Lucia attending and participating in the day-long event, the Beausejour Stadium Indoor Facility was brought to life with a range of sporting and social activities. The Digicel Festival of Fun Day included fun sports: football shoot-outs, table tennis, wheelchair racing, blind cricket, soccerama, bouncy castle, creative arts, boccie, face painting, clown, balance and bounce and many more fantastic activities and games.
“We believe in a world where there are millions of different abilities but not disabilities,” commented Delroy Alexander, Chairman of Sacred Sports Foundation Inc. “People with intellectual and physical challenges are among the most vulnerable in Saint Lucia. All too often our Caribbean brothers and sisters cling to misperceptions and stereotypes. Sport helps showcase the skills and dignity of our special needs children. A typical unified sports game unites people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team,” he added.
Digicel Marketing Executive, Fiona Smith, commented, “This was a wonderful forum that provided a unique opportunity for Digicel to assist the youth and those with special challenges. As Digicel continues to be an advocate for the development of children with special needs, this event can only propel them to always give their best and believe they can accomplish anything. Continued support will be given to organizations and individuals through Digicel’s Caring Connections Programme as Digicel continues to be the catalyst for change and social inclusion for persons with special needs.”
This Christmas Digicel will continue to recognize the Extraordinary in everyone as we come together to ensure all of Saint Lucia has a better Christmas in 2014!
Digicel’s Holly Hughes McNamara, Gros Islet rep. Emma Hippolyte and some of
the special needs students who attended the Festival of Fun.