AS Digicel continues to brighten and create a merrier Christmas for everyone during the festive season, the Company was honoured to host the fourth Annual Festival of Fun Day for the Special Needs children around the island.
The fun day was held on December 3– the day celebrated as International Day for Persons with Disabilities– at the Beausejour Indoor Facility in collaboration with the Sacred Sports Foundation and the Ministry of Education’s Special Education Unit.
Digicel was greeted by an overwhelming number of children with special needs from across the island. More than 475 children, teachers, invited guests and volunteers were excited and all dressed up in their coloured T-shirts. The students proudly represented Dunnottar, Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre, Dennery Child Development Centre, Vieux Fort Special Education Unit, Soufriere Special Education and Rehabilitation Centre, Educare Learning Centre, St.Lucia Blind Welfare Association and the Autism Resource Centre, and had an extraordinary day filled with games, food and lots of surprises.
The day-long fun filled event started off with a prayer, the singing of the National Anthem led by the Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre choir. Speeches then followed with Digicel’s Country Manager, Siobhan James-Alexander commenting: “Digicel is indeed proud to host another successful fourth Annual Festival of Fun Day. Digicel is very passionate about the special needs community and will continue to show support to you. Today is your day, to indulge, celebrate and have an extraordinary time as you participate carefully in the fun sports and other fantastic activities.”
Rufina Charles, Deputy Chief Education Officer for Instructions, declared the festival of Fun Day open. Thereafter, the children were treated to a warm breakfast, after which they headed to the different areas of the facility sectioned off for each sporting activity. The children enjoyed a day of face painting, bouncy castles, entertainment from mascots – Pepper pig, Batman, Spiderman, Peter Pan and Bugs Bunny, plus rides on a horse and carriage, followed by football, basketball, table tennis and much more. The day climaxed with a live performance from soca maestro Ricky T who had the children singing every line from his popular songs.