Grange reaffirms gov't's commitment to Special Olympics

April 12, 2018
Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Alando Terrelonge (second right), with Dr Lucille Buchannan (second left), founder, Special Olympics Jamaica ; Mary Davis (left), CEO, Special Olympics International and Ali McNab, chairman, Special Olympics Jamaica. Dr Buchannan was presented with an award in recognition of her role as a founding member of the Special Olympics movement in Jamaica. The presentation took place at the Special Olympics Multipurpose Court at Independence Park.

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has reaffirmed the Government of Jamaica's commitment towards the development of the country's Special Olympics programme.

Minister Grange said that, over the years, the government, through the Sports Development Foundation has provided financial support to Special Olympics Jamaica by way of a monthly subvention of $292,400 and additional funding to help with preparations for the Winter Games.

In her message read by Alando Terrelonge, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, at a ceremony to welcome Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics International to Jamaica, at the Multipurpose Court, Independence Park on Tuesday, Minister Grange said, "Through the Special Olympics programme, abilities are emphasised rather than disabilities and each athlete is encouraged to give of their best."

 

SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION

 

The Minister said that through the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan, the Government continues to make significant contribution towards the health and well-being of all Special Olympians.

"I am pleased to note that all 71 athletes in your programme are registered as part of the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan, which provides Group Health, Group Life and Personal Accident Coverage. The value of our contribution is approximately $241,000 monthly in premiums," Minister Grange said.

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