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Special children get special treat

Special children get special treat


Over the past years, the Government House has been the place of Christmas cheer for hundreds of disabled children.{{more}}

And this year was no exception, as more than 80 children from six institutions were hosted by Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne and his staff, along with this country’s ambassador from the Republic of China on Taiwan Weber Shih.

The children, along with teachers and parents gathered at Government House on Thursday, December 9, and were feted with music, eats and drinks,as well as gifts and toys, donated by Ambassador Shih and his wife.

Sir Frederick, who opened the afternoon’s events, said that he eagerly looks forward to hosting the function and that it was his pleasure to host the children.

Sir Fredrick also paid tribute to teachers and other persons who look out for and take care of the disabled, and thanked the Taiwanese Ambassador for the gifts that were presented to the children.

Ambassador Shih indicated that it was also a pleasure to be a part of the proceedings and that he was glad that he could bring cheer to the students.

President of the National Society for Persons with Disabilities Patricia Cumberbatch, who also spoke at the brief formalities, thanked both men for their gestures and acknowledged the contribution of others who have made the annual event a success.

The schools represented at the party were the Schools for Children with Special Needs in Kingstown and Georgetown, Helping Hands Center, Sunny Vale, Sunshine School and St. Benedicts Day Care and nursery.