Digicel pledges US$20,000 to Dominica Special Olympic team for upcoming World Games

Nikima Royer-Jno Baptiste

Digicel on Tuesday presented $20,000 US to the Dominica Special Olympics team in support of the upcoming Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi this year.

The team of 12 is set to leave island from March the 7th to represent Dominica among the 170 nations that will be participating in the upcoming event.

Digicel Dominica CEO, Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste said it is a special day for them at Digicel because the Special Olympics is not only close to Digicel but also very close to the Chairman, Denise O’Brien who has been supporting the Special Olympics for many years.

She wished the athletes success and expressed the hope that they will bring home gold medals. She also assured them that she will be supporting and cheering them on from home, and looks forward to celebrating with them upon their return.

Ainsworth Irish

National Director of Special Olympics Dominica, Ainsworth Irish conveyed the gratitude of Special Olympics Dominica to the staff of Digicel for their continued support over the years.

“As your company continues to demonstrate concern for humanity and the improvement of the quality of life of Dominicans, we congratulate you on your achievement in Dominica as you continue to show that special Olympics is an integral part of the development of human beings. We are delighted with the pronouncement made by your Digicel CEO, Denise Obrien a few years ago, that he’ll continue to pledge his support at the Special Olympics as long as he is alive,” Irish said.

He praised Digicel and its Chairman for living up to “the expectation of true Champions” by coming to the rescue of “the determined people from Special Olympics.”

The World Games will be held from March 7th to the 22nd 2019 in Abu Dhabi where some 7,500 athletes from more than 170 nations will gather to participate in 24 Olympic-type sports.

Irish said the Dominican athletes will be competing in two sports disciplines: athletics (track and field) and bocce which is an Italian game similar to bowls .

He said that without the pledge from Digicel, Special Olympics Dominica would be left wondering how they would  get to the games and for that, he is grateful.

Since its launch in Dominica in 2006, Digicel has been a major partner and supporter of Special Olympics and continues to host several fund-raising activities to assist the team in its endeavors.

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