Monday 18 December, 2017

PM calls Christmas party for children with special needs inspiring

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet hosted the annual Christmas party for children with special needs at his official residence in Vigie on December 1.

Chastanet called the event inspiring noting that he always looks forward to the annual event which he described as a "humbling' experience. 

“When you hug, or kiss, or high five the kids, or just say hello, the big smiles that come upon their faces reminds me of the most important things in life," Chastanet said. 

"It is great to come and meet kids and people who are just so grateful. I really must commend the former prime ministers who started this program. It is something that I am proud of and cherish,” he added.

Chastanet noted that his administration was committed to raising awareness and the visibility of those in the special needs community, adding that presently there is a lot of work being done to further aid and support special needs children. 

"People with special needs want to be independent. They do not want to feel like a burden. It is gratifying to them when they can achieve things on their own," he said.

"So wheelchair access and considerations for deaf and blind people must all be taken into consideration in the future when building our facilities," he added.

Children with special needs from districts throughout the island were the guests of honour at the annual event which saw the children engaged  in a wide range of celebratory activities.

The PM also used the occasion to commend former prime ministers who started the annual tradition.