Spe­cial Needs Chil­dren en­joy Christ­mas at Gov­ern­ment House

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The an­nual Prime Min­is­ter's Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion for chil­dren with spe­cial needs was held at a dif­fer­ent venue this year, much to the de­light of stu­dents and teach­ers as they got to ex­pe­ri­ence Gov­ern­ment House in a unique light.

On Mon­day De­cem­ber 10, 2018, His Ex­cel­lency Sir Em­manuel Neville Cenac, Gover­nor Gen­eral of Saint Lu­cia, warmly opened up the Of­fi­cial Res­i­dence of the Gover­nor Gen­eral, Morne For­tune, where the event was held for the first time.

With wider grounds to uti­lize, as well as the in­te­rior of the house, or­gan­is­ers went all out in en­sur­ing that the chil­dren had the best time ever with fun and games, bounc­ing cas­tles, Dis­ney char­ac­ters Mickey and Min­nie Mouse, Santa Claus him­self, and a photo booth by Wave­maker Pho­tog­ra­phy. There was even a movie-room and a grand Christ­mas tree for photo ops, and the chil­dren and teach­ers who came from dif­fer­ent parts of the is­land were treated as VIPs at the GG's res­i­dence.

While some of the chil­dren lounged un­der tents in the shaded spots, some took to mak­ing the area their dance floor, show­ing off their moves to the mu­sic from the DJ. The chil­dren and teach­ers also got to hang out with the Gover­nor Gen­eral and Lady Cenac and with Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet, his wife Mrs. Raquel Duboulay-Chas­tanet and their son, Braden. The Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture, Ports, En­ergy and Labour, Stephen­son King, who ini­ti­ated the event as prime min­is­ter sev­eral years ago, also stopped by to help with gift distri­bu­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Saint Lu­cia's prime min­is­ter, who was beam­ing with joy, “Every year this is one of the events that I look for­ward to the most. It brings me such hap­pi­ness, just to see how this sim­ple ges­ture brings a smile to the faces of those chil­dren among us who we may con­sider dif­fer­ent. Yet their gen­uine na­ture, their warmth, their pres­ence . . . words are not enough to de­scribe how eas­ily they bring a smile to our faces in re­turn, which should be the true spirit of Christ­mas. And so I be­lieve that they de­serve a spe­cial place in our hearts, not just at this time but through­out the year.”

The prime min­is­ter went on to thank all the teach­ers of spe­cial needs chil­dren in Saint Lu­cia, whom he said are true heroes, of­ten go­ing be­yond their call of duty to en­sure that the chil­dren are not only cared for but are safe.

He also ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the Gover­nor Gen­eral of Saint Lu­cia, for gra­ciously open­ing up his res­i­dence and tak­ing time out to in­ter­act with the chil­dren, teach­ers and vol­un­teers. “My staff, the vol­un­teers and all of those who con­trib­uted to this won­der­ful event here to­day de­serve spe­cial men­tion and I would like to thank them all,” said the Prime Min­is­ter.

Be­fore the event was over, all of the chil­dren were pre­sented with their Christ­mas gifts. The hard-work­ing teach­ers were also rec­og­nized for their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment. Through the sup­port of Pe­ter & Com­pany Distri­bu­tion's brand man­ager, Ger­maine Serieux, all of the teach­ers re­ceived to­kens of ap­pre­ci­a­tion on the day.

The Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter thanks the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan), Fer­rands Dairy, Pe­ter and Com­pany, OJO Labs, Wave­maker Pho­tog­ra­phy, Brice and Com­pany Ltd, Mr. Christo­pher Mitchell and The Em­bassy of Mo­rocco for help­ing to make the event a suc­cess.

PM Chas­tanet joins Santa in hand­ing out presents to chil­dren.

Teach­ers of spe­cial needs stu­dents re­ceived Christ­mas to­kens from Pe­ter & Com­pany Distri­bu­tion.

Bounc­ing cas­tle fun at Gov­ern­ment House.

Min­nie Mouse made an ap­pear­ance at Gov­ern­ment House to hang out with the chil­dren.

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