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Aug 18, 2017

Patrons of Inspiration Center Enjoy Fun Day

Over a hundred persons with disabilities and their families converged at the Inspiration Center just outside Belize City. But today’s session was not for the routine visits for therapy, the group was there to end their summer with fun. So they came from all over the country, from north to south, to engage in a host of activities. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Today a group of persons, primarily children, living with disabilities were treated to a fun day at the Inspiration Center. In its fourth year, and with assistance from the Pan American Health Organization, persons from as far as remote areas in Corozal and Toledo participated in the 2017 event. There was no shortage of games and surprises to engage the children and their parents.

 

Joycelyn Lopez

Joycelyn Lopez, Executive Director, Inspiration Center

“This is a day that we set aside each year for our children and their families to come out for a day of fun with our staff and with our volunteers. The different sporting activities we have today are the soccer goals and the relay station; we have the parachute and crash pad. We have the basketball hoops and there is also a form of group therapy where we do all about hands and feet. And then we have a photo booth and a bubble station, sand box, dunk tank and a water play station as well. And all of those are happening this morning. This afternoon, we have arts and craft taking place at one o’clock and they will be doing face painting and they will be creating and fruit and vegetable stand as well and then after that they get to dress up and walk the red carpet and do photo shoots with the beautiful banner that we have out there.”

 

The event caters to children with varied abilities allowing them to socialize outside of the various therapies that are provided at the institution. Giselle Pinelo traveled from San Ignacio this morning to have her daughter, who is physically disabled, participate in the fun day because she says children have a right to play.

 

Giselle Pinelo, San Ignacio

“She is enjoying herself and was in the water over that side just a while ago.”

 

Duane Moody

“Why would you say that this is important for her, for parents?”

 

Giselle Pinelo

Giselle Pinelo

“I personally am a special education advocate and I am currently trying to pursue my degree in special education as well. And I believe it is very important to get all children together to socialize together because I mean children should be given that right to play.”

 

It is the second year that Trevor Parham and his parents are attending the fun day to support his little brother, Khaden Parham. Khaden is autistic; and while he does not speak, he is very smart. His disability did not stop him from having fun today.

 

Trevor Parham

Trevor Parham, Belize City

“It was very important to us to show appreciation to our little brother and to show appreciation to the others kids here in Belize as well.”

 

Duane Moody

“Obviously he has been having a lot of fun. You felt that this is a good thing for him?”

 

Trevor Parham

“Yeah, last year we came and this year we saw that we should have come again and so we are here again.”

 

The event was centered around the theme, “Eat Right and Be Bright.” Duane Moody for News Five.

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