This initiative is tied to Special Olympics global goal of building communities through the participation of families and caregivers.
The first FHF was held in the town of Delareyville, South Africa. Many influential figures, members of the community, families and Special Olympics South Africa (SOSA) athletes gathered at the Lilian Lehetla Special School to celebrate the opening of their new facilities.
SOSA felt that it was a great opportunity to offer families the chance to engage with a healthcare professional and ask questions concerning the health needs of the intellectually disabled.
Among the many distinguished guests were Lions Club member Riana Pape, Mrs. Mamokobo and Mr. Dimpe, from the Department of Health, and Mr. Mosimane from the Department of Sports.
The key message of the day was delivered by Mr Mosimane, who stressed the importance of participation in sports and the positive effect that sport has on the quality of life for both adults and children.
A talk on the hearing and speech impediments related to Intellectual Disability (ID) was delivered by Mrs. Nomonde Mtshazo, an Audiologist and Special Olympics volunteer. She specifically covered the symptoms that families of people experiencing hearing difficulties could recognise.