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Persons with Special Needs continue to be the focus for the Digicel Caring Connections 2012 programme. The Caring Connections Programme since its successful launch, has assisted previous project ideas which have been successful. The Third Digicel grant was presented to The Sacred Sport Foundation Inc. in the amount of EC$10,000.00.
Delivering youth sports development programmes to some 1400 youth over the past 3 years, the Sacred Sports Foundation is a legally registered non-profit charity, economically, politically and religiously independent. They create exceptional development programmes using sport for the youth, primarily between the ages of 6-23.
The funding from Digicel’s Caring connections will be used to supply appropriate equipment and training to maintain the programme for a minimum of three years. This annual programme last for six- eight months and allows for increased physical activity, increase social interaction and development, improve motor learning and development skills and increase confidence and community awearness.
“The Digicel Caring Connections programme has surely grown and continues to fund fantastic project ideas geared towards children with special needs,” said Kerchelle Jn Charles, Marketing Manager Digicel St Lucia, “Digicel believes that individual differences in people are a natural part of life, and that disabilities provide children and adults with unique perspectives, insights and abilities which contribute to the overall well-being of society,” she added.
Digicel values children as the hope for the evolving improvement of humankind, and places great value on the different organizations that are catalyst for their healthy growth and development. Digicel is committed to listening, learning, and encouraging NGO’s like the sacred Sports Foundation, giving assistance in order for their goals to be accomplished and by extension improve the life of persons with disabilities.
According to Nova Alexander, Executive Director, “Our aim with this programme is to be the catalyst for change in not only St Lucia but also the region. The vision of using our collective understanding of developmental skills will provide more effective ways to engage the special needs youth in positive and healthy physical activity.”
Digicel is urging the St. Lucian public to make submissions for projects they consider worthy of support and funding or who are seeking continued support for a project already ongoing. For more information on the Digicel Caring Connections Programme visit www.digicelstlucia.com or send an email to [email protected]