Special Olympics set for special people

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MANILA, Feb. 17, 2017 – A sports competition for persons with special needs is scheduled on March 25 in Kapitolyo in Pasig.

According to Fr. Charlton Viray, superior of the Servants of Charity, competitions in the Special Olympics may include basketball (shooting), board games and other indoor games, as well as track and field events like running.

Participating in the Special Olympics are some 20 residents from the Guanella Home for Special Children, a center for abandoned and less fortunate, intellectually disabled persons, ran by the Servants of Charity in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

Not alone

These include persons with Down syndrome, mental retardation, autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and global development delay, explained Viray.

The Special Olympics, which are annual fun games, provides special people with joyful opportunities to interact with their fellows from other communities, he said.

“They are not alone,” Viray said in Filipino.
Families who have special person members, he added, should continue to hope in God.

Committed for life

Viray also advised families with special persons to seek out and get involved in support groups and communities dedicated to providing shelter and care for special persons like the Guanella Home for Special Children, for persons with intellectual disabilities.

The Guanella Home for Special Children is an all-male home to 20 abandoned and less fortunate individuals with intellectual disabilities from across the Philippines.

The center is committed to providing its residents with a “lifetime home”, Viray said.

“We are committed to them as long as they live,” he said.

Coincidentally, in the coming summer, some residents of Guanella Home for Special Children will graduate from a special education course, Viray shared. (Oliver Samson / CBCP News)

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