Special Olympics Zambia delivers wheelchairs and food humpersNoah Silomba
In its quest to continue empowering and reaching out to the underprivileged as well as persons living with disabilities, Special Olympics Zambia (SOZ) on Monday 5th February, 2018 presented 6 wheelchairs and assorted food stuffs to athletes who are part of the organization.
The wheelchairs and foodstuffs were donated to Special Olympics Zambia by the first lady of the republic of Zambia Esther Lungu, through her charity foundation called the Esther Lungu Foundation.
National Coordiantor for the Esther Lungu Foundation Mildred Chuumbu assured Special Olympics of her office’s support to the work being done in engaging children with disabilities in sport, health programs and other life style programs. She added that the First Lady was looking at identifying more needy athletes to benefit from the wheelchair and food support program from her office.
SOZ Vice Board Chairperson Dr. Clement Chileshe, while handing over the wheel chairs and foodstuffs he said the organisation will continue to reach out to more people with and without intellectual disabilities and see to it that SOZ brings joy and happiness to them.
He urged family members, school teachers and others to face the challenges society throws at them in their efforts to provide the best possible life styles for the athletes with disabilities and that SOZ will continue to contribute through its various programs and partners in their efforts.
And one of the SOZ athletes Mike Banda, from Highland School applauded the first lady of the republic of Zambia Esther Lungu, for donating the wheelchairs and assorted food items to him and his fellow athletes and affirmed his firm commitment and hard work towards his participation in Sport and education.
He narrated how difficult it was to cope without a wheelchair and urged the First Lady to continue spreading her love to persons with disabilities through organisations such as Special Olympics Zambia.
In December, 2017 Special Olympics Zambian (SOZ) organised one of its high impact “Unified Sports Day event” which was officiated by the First Lady of the republic of Zambia and supported by a number of corporates and celebrities. The event impressed the First Lady and committed to contribute increasingly to ensure policies and practices by duty bearers contributed to better life styles for children living with disabilities. Over 300 athletes with and without disabilities attended the sports day event by taking part in various activities such as Unified football, Bocce, athletics, Zambian indigenous games, Health Checks and Fun and movement games.