November 20, 2009
Calder SDA recognizes persons with disabilities

For the second year in a row, the members of the Calder Seventh Day Adventist Church have staged a programme geared at reaching out to persons with disabilities and their families.{{more}}

Last Saturday, the programme saw several persons with disabilities in Calder and surrounding areas being transported to the Calder Seventh Day Adventist Church for the special occasion.

Special meals were prepared for the guests as well as food baskets and gifts for the special needs organizations represented.

Beulah Samuel, the driving force behind the programme, told SEARCHLIGHT the aim is to stage a national event appreciating persons who have disabilities.

At this year’s event, staged at the Calder SDA Church, remarks were made by Corletha Ollivierre, General Manager of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

Ollivierre reminded the congregation the problem of disability is something that can occur at anytime.

She spoke of her own challenges having a son with disabilities.

“We know that in a population, it is estimated that over ten per cent of people have some sort of disability. God forbid, but it can happen in accidents…It is incumbent on us Christians, as community members to reach out and help,” said Ollivierre.

She encouraged persons to invite parents who have a child with a disability to share a meal with them or when staging a social event, invite the family to send the child so that they can have a few hours to relax. She noted that taking care of a child with a disability can be very stressful at times.

The event was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker.(HN)