THE Vanuatu Special Olympic Team’s preparation for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi has been boosted with sponsorship of the VT1.1 million (US$10,000) from Digicel Vanuatu.
Digicel Vanuatu CEO Ben Kealy said this is an on-going partnership which stretches back years to support Special Olympics not only in Vanuatu but across the Pacific in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Nauru.
“It is an honour for me personally and for Digicel Vanuatu to see first-hand the hard work, dedication, determination and the qualities which make these athletes inspirational role models and ambassadors for Vanuatu,” he said.
He said the Special Olympics Team Vanuatu will send a travelling party of nine to the world meet with four athletes competing with support from five volunteers of managers and support staff.
“That Special Olympics is very close to our Chairman Denis O’Brien’s heart and we are extremely happy for the opportunity by Team Vanuatu to partner with them in their quest for medals in Abu Dhabi,’’ he said.
Team Vanuatu will be joining more than 7000 athletes from more than 170 countries at the world games, which will run for a week from March 14 – 21.
This year Team Vanuatu will be competing in athletics – 100 metres and javelin.
They will leave for Abu Dhabi in the first week of March.