Awareness week for the disabled begins

POSTED: 11/26/12 2:20 PM

St. Maarten—The Awareness Week for the disables, organized by the Be Able committee kicked off with a march from the area in front of the Catholic Cemetery to the Cyrus Wathey Square on Saturday. The parade through Front Street was led by a drum band following by the “group of wheel chair tennis players from around the world” and Public Health Minister Cornelius De Weever who also tried his hand at driving a wheel chair.

Event coordinator Henri Brookson welcomed the group and thanked those who came out to show their solidarity to the disabled. He made special mention of the leading paralympics champion who was also present at the occasion. Accolades were given to the athletes for their tremendous efforts. Today the tennis players will be showing off their skill at Port de Plaisance.

Minister De Weever called on people to be aware of their situation and not to take things for granted. “Everybody can become disabled in many ways, for instance through an accident, as a result of smoking or by being shot. “There is a very fine line between being physical able and becoming physically challenged,” the minister said

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams welcomed the athletes who came to the island to participate in the tournament. She thanked the organizers of the Top Promotion Foundation and said that this week’s activities are designed to make people aware of the disabled people in our communities. She called on families with disabled family members to come out and witness what handicapped sporters are able to achieve.

She referred to the St. Maarten special athletes that have represented the island on several occasions and noted that the tennis players are here to encourage them. The prime minister also called for more sponsors to contribute to their cause.

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