In a St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service (SKNIS) release sent to this media house, president of the “Wilful Skilful” Club, Don “Danga” Farrell said his group is always pleased to assist Special Olympics as they have established themselves as worthy ambassadors for the Federation.
Farrel revealed some of the past favourites who participated in the fund raising football matches. These included Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor, Sugar Bowl, Lloyd Lazar, Mr. Mention lead singer for the Nu Vybes band, and Smiley of Grand masters among others.
He also announced the debut of new comer to the exciting “star-studded” event, Sports Minister, Glen “Ghost” Philip, who is expected to compete in a 60 metre dash.
Other activities such as a 4×1 – 100 metres celebrity sprint are scheduled.
According to Farrel, there will be a special feature this year with some of the Federation’s large local companies such as Horsfords, TDC, Digicel, Breweries, and LIME among others participating in the fund raising event.
The event scheduled for 10th January at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, Bird Rock is open to the entire public at no cost. Attendees will however, be invited to give a contribution of their choice to aid the cause.
The event will begin at 4pm and kicks off with the first half of the football game being played, followed by a halftime track exhibition event, then culminate with the second half of the football match.
“Danga” said he expects the event which has mushroomed steadily since its inception to continue to grow, and expressed the hope that the new venue, and additional track and field activities, would likely heighten public interest and response.
Meanwhile, National Director of Special Olympics, Clarice Cotton, said she welcomes every form of assistance and encourages others to come onboard, especially in light of the Committee’s most current goal for the team to travel to Greece for the International Games in June 2011.
On another note, Chairman for the Special Olympics, Mr. Lloyd Lazar told SKNIS it was important to have the highly successful Special Olympics team participate in international events as it aids in the promotion of St. Kitts and Nevis as a venue on the international scene. He mentioned the teams’ recent signing of an agreement of cooperation with Special Olympics Connecticut, USA as such an example.