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Football team to participate in Special Olympics

Posted By: Marty

Football team to participate in Special Olympics - 04/09/11 03:47 PM

Football team to participate in Special Olympics World Summer Games

Special Olympics Belize athletes are known to bring back the medals from international games. This year a football team from Special Olympics will be competing in the World Summer Games in June. The athletes are heading all the way to Greece, so the organization has been struggling to find the funds to pay for travel and accommodations among other expenses. But today the Princess Group of Companies significantly eased their financial burden with a generous donation of ten thousand dollars. And News Five was on hand for the brief handing over at the Princess Hotel and Casino this morning.

Alan Auil, Chairman, Special Olympics Belize

Alan Auil

“We have been working on a five aside football team for the past three years and this year is a world Summer Games year for Special Olympics. In the past we’ve always attended with a small contingent of Track and Field athletes but this year we want to send a football team and it’s going to be all the way in Greece in Athens and so you can imagine the cost of air travel to get there. It’s going to be quite expensive. So this money that we received from the Princess Group is going to go toward the travel expenses.”

Necip Karayusuf

Necip Karayusuf, Executive General Coordinator

“We always like to help the children. Our group always did that. We help the orphans, we help the children and our hope is that the other companies will do the same. This is our hope. So what I think, the children of Belize are the future of Belize so people have to realize that and help them. And the purity when people are disadvantaged, this is our big goal that we’d like to help them very urgently.”

Delahnie Bain

“Are you all lobbying with other business for additional financial assistance?”

Alan Auil

“We are, certainly we are talking to a lot. We have already received some contributions from a few companies. I can name Sol, who operates the Shell line of gas stations in the country, BTL and Belize Water Services. Those companies have already contributed sizeable amounts toward the trips. We still need a lot more and we are in contact with several other firms.”

According to Auil, they are also in discussions with the Princess Hotel and Casino about hosting a bowling night to raise additional funds. And while the trip is about two months away, Auil urges perspective donors to come forward as early as possible because the flights need to be booked in advance.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Football team to participate in Special Olympics - 04/09/11 03:51 PM

SPECIAL OLYMPICS RECEIVE DONATION

The Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Athens, Greece this year. There are only seventy-eight days left for the competitions to start and this year Special Olympics Belize is preparing to send a team to Greece. That trip is closer to becoming a reality after the organization received a sizeable monetary donation from the Princess Casino Group. The check for ten thousand dollars was handed to the organization this morning at the Princess Hotel and Casino, and will be used to fund the travel costs of the Special Olympics’ Football team. Chairman of Special Olympics Belize, Alan Auil, received the donation this morning.

Alan Auil – Chairman, Special Olympics Belize

“This is actually going toward funding our national football team that will attend the world summer games in June and early July. We have been working on a five a side football team for the past three years. We have always attended with a small contingent of track and field athletes. This year we want to send a football team. So, you can imagine the cost of air travel to get there. So this money that we received today from the princess group is going to go toward the travel expenses. We still need more but certainly we are very grateful for what the Princess gave us today. It will go a long way toward fulfilling the dreams of our athletes. Not only the ones who are traveling and who made the national team, but all our registered members are going to feel proud when they come back with the accomplishments that we know they will have in Greece. It really is going to unite our communities, our athletes, our families; it’s going to go a long way toward helping all persons in Belize with intellectual disabilities.”

Executive General Coordinator of Princess Casinos, Necip Karayusuf says the donation was made with special regard for the children.

Necip Karayusuf – Representative, Princess Casinos

“Well we always like to help the children. Our group always did that. We help the orphanage, we help the children, and our hope is that other companies will do the same. This is our hope. I think the children of Belize is the future of Belize and so people they have to realize that and help them. The priority is when children have disabilities. This is our big goal that we would like to help them urgently. These companies have to come together to show then they are a company by helping these people. If they do that, they will be blessed.”

The football team has been training over the past three years for the competition. Special Olympics Belize has received donations from other businesses including Sol Belize, BTL, and Belize Water Services.

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