Dig­i­cel Gifts Over 350 Spe­cial Needs Kids

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Dig­i­cel con­tin­ues to main­tain its strong al­liance with the Spe­cial Needs com­mu­nity in St. Lu­cia with the host­ing of its an­nual Fes­ti­val of Fun Day. The fes­ti­val co­in­cides with the In­ter­na­tional Day for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties ob­served on De­cem­ber 3 since 1992 by the United Na­tions. The Fes­ti­val took place last Thurs­day at the Beause­jour In­door Fa­cil­ity with over three hun­dred and fifty chil­dren ben­e­fit­ing from this year’s fes­ti­val.

Through strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tions with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, In­no­va­tion, Gen­der Re­la­tions and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment and Sa­cred Sports Foun­da­tion as the ma­jor part­ners; Dig­i­cel has for the past four years de­liv­ered ex­tra­or­di­nary fun filled ex­pe­ri­ences to the stu­dents, with 2016 be­ing no dif­fer­ent. The day com­menced with a brief wel­come open­ing cer­e­mony with ca­lyp­so­nian Nikki Ed­munds as the Mis­tress of Cer­e­monies. In spe­cial at­ten­dance was Hon­ourable Leonard Montoute, Par­lia­men­tary Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Gros Islet, Min­is­ter for So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, Pub­lic Ser­vice, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment, Youth and Sports and Mr. Mer­phe­lius James, Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Coun­cil of and for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties.

Dig­i­cel’s Coun­try Man­ager Mrs. Siob­han James- Alexan­der high­lighted the com­pany’s delight in de­liv­er­ing yet an­other fes­ti­val. Dur­ing her re­marks at the open­ing cer­e­mony she said, “Dig­i­cel is pleased and ex­cited to host the Fifth an­nual Dig­i­cel Fes­ti­val of Fun Day, we make every ef­fort to en­sure it is a day filled with fun and laugh­ter for you our spe­cial needs fam­ily. It is no se­cret that Dig­i­cel is very pas­sion­ate about the spe­cial needs com­mu­nity and this year in keep­ing with our Christ­mas theme we have gone one step fur­ther and in­cluded a spe­cial el­e­ment just for you. All stu­dents will be #GetGifted to­day by Dig­i­cel and I do hope you en­joy your gifts. To­day is your day, to cel­e­brate and have an ex­tra­or­di­nary time as you par­tic­i­pate in fun sports, face paint­ing, bouncy cas­tles, and the many other fan­tas­tic ac­tiv­i­ties we have in store for you.”

“I would like to also rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tion of the teach­ers and care­givers to this com­mu­nity, thank you for al­ways be­ing here to sup­port us and the chil­dren un­der your care. You each do a fan­tas­tic job, keep up the fan­tas­tic work you are do­ing.” Mrs. Alexan­der added.

As part of this year’s Fes­ti­val of Fun Dig­i­cel also em­barked on a ‘Help Dun­not­tar” cam­paign to help raise funds to the Dun­not­tar School given the host of in­sti­tu­tional and op­er­a­tions chal­lenges dur­ing the past year. A pledge desk for dona­tions was es­tab­lished to fur­ther aid this cause and will con­tinue be­yond Thurs­day’s ac­tiv­ity. Cor­po­rate cit­i­zens and pa­trons are asked to please do­nate to the “Help Dun­no­tar” drive at Bank of Saint Lu­cia ac­count num­ber 904-100-466. The theme for this year’s In­ter­na­tional Day for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties is “Achiev­ing 17 Goals for the Fu­ture We Want”. This theme notes the re­cent adop­tion of the 17 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) and the role of th­ese goals in build­ing a more in­clu­sive and eq­ui­table world for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

Christ­mas came early for this young lady as Dig­i­cel hosted its an­nual Fes­ti­val of Fun Day with Santa in­cluded.

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