by Vanessa Knight – EM TV Port Moresby
People living with disabilities should be included in community programs and activities, regardless of their impairments.
This was the underlying message given this morning by KK Kingston Limited at the presentation of 400 Trukai Fun Run t-shirts to Cheshire Disability Services.
This morning, KK Kingston handed over 400 Trukai Fun Run T-shirts, which will be given out to each student and resident, while the rest will be sold to raise funds for Cheshire Disability Services programs.
The programs include Residential Care, Health and Protection, Inclusive Education Resource Centre, Community Based Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, and Young Voices PNG.
Cheshire Programs Officer Joyce Koupere says it has become tradition that the students look forward to participating in the Trukai Fun Run each year. She commended KK Kingston for the kind donation.
Mrs Koupere has been attached to the organisation for over 10 years, and says it depends entirely on donations through support from partners like KK Kingston. She says one of the programs Cheshire promotes is inclusive education, where people with special needs are encouraged to participate in community activities to boost morale and mental stimulation.
Cheshire Disability Services in PNG is a non-government organisation that caters for people living with disabilities and in need of special care. Currently, the non-profit organisation has 130 students undergoing special education and 21 residents living at the premises providing around-the-clock care from staff and carers.
Cheshire has 30 centres established globally, with the Hohola centre being the only establishment throughout the whole Pacific.