Special Olympics Stepping up Efforts to Fund Participation in Summer Games

Now, the Special Olympians are making an appeal to the people of St. Kitts & Nevis, to come forward with their generous donations, to help fund the team’s travel and participation in the games that are scheduled for Athens, from 25th June to 4th July, 2011.

National Director of the local Special Olympics movement, Clarice Cotton, in a SKNIS release, said that the global sporting event provides an opportunity for special athletes to showcase their skills on the world stage, which in turn would enhance their self confidence and promote the twin-island Federation internationally.

Mrs. Cotton and her committee have therefore launched a series of fundraising activities to ensure the twin-island Federation is represented at the summer event.

Mrs. Cotton said that Board members, parents and volunteers are working with private and public partners to raise funds to support the tremendous cost of traveling to Greece. A Tag Day sale and charity football match has already been held. The latest initiative is the retailing of Easter Buns from Jamaica.

She said a fresh supply from Captain’s Bakery was flown to St. Kitts via FedEx. The courier’s Country Manager, Jason J. Browne presented the baked goods to the Chairman of Special Olympics, Lloyd Lazar on Wednesday 20th April 20. Mr. Browne noted that FedEx was pleased to fulfill this annual contribution, which spans some 10 years. He added that the value of this year’s sponsorship totaled $17,000.00.

Mr. Lazar thanked FedEx for its continued partnership and encouraged nationals to purchase the delicacies from members of the Special Olympics Board, the Cotton-Thomas Comprehensive School, J’s Shop and Save at Newtown, and Steppin on Fort Street.

Upcoming fundraising activities include a drill display by the Royal St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force as well as a gospel concert and torch run.

Persons wishing to make a donation or seeking additional information can contact 662-2459 or 668-2721.Approximately 7,500 Special Olympics Athletes from 185 nations are expected to compete in 22 Olympic-type sports during the games.



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