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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.

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