PM Douglas Receives Special Mention For Support
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
April 24, 2009 (SKNIS)
The continued contributions of Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas, and his Government, to Special Olympics were praised by top officials on Thursday.
During a ceremony to mark the signing of a partnership agreement between Government and Special Olympics, the National Director of Special Olympics, Clarice Cotton, thanked the Prime Minister for being an ardent supporter throughout the years.
She told delegates attending the April 24 and 25 Special Olympics Caribbean Business Meeting, that her students enjoy the support of the St. Kitts and Nevis leader, and they get very excited on their annual visit to his office.
The Chairman of the Local Special Olympics Board, Lloyd Lazar, echoed similar sentiments and pointed out that Prime Minister Douglas visited the R.L.B. International Airport to bid farewell to the athletes that competed in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai. Upon their return weeks later, he was there to give a heroes welcome.
The compassionate and steadfast support of the Prime Minister is renowned internationally and was highlighted by Bob Gobrecht, the Managing Director of Special Olympics North America.
“I’d like to recognize the Prime Minister’s long term commitment,” he said, noting that it extends beyond the signing of the agreement. “He’s been involved with our movement for many, many years in various capacities and we appreciate that.”
Mr. Gobrecht added that the signature of Prime Minister Douglas on the partnership agreement is a lasting legacy for athletes, coaches and volunteers.
He explained that Special Olympics International was looking forward to expanding programmes in St. Kitts and Nevis and has plans to introduce more sports and health-related initiatives.