Special Olympics Zambia (SOZ) partnered with the Special Hope Network when they hosted a fun day for their fourth EKS Day celebration.
SOZ National director Mr. William Sikapanda kicked off the day with an opening speech honouring EKS and her legacy and thanked all for participating for taking the time to come out to honour that legacy. . The speech was followed by an athletes parade into the Special Hope Network centre in Lusaka where a volunteers, coaches, family members and supporters were waiting to cheer them on.
Mr. Sikipanda went on to appeal to the everyone to support Special Olympics and to be a part of a movement that creates awareness and acceptance for people with an intellectual disability.
The event was widely covered by the media, including popular television station Muvi TV. The coverage helped to create much needed reach and awareness for the program.
Media relations volunteer Mwebe Kaona said, “ I found the event to be mind opening about the abilities of people with intellectual disability who have unfortunately been marginalised, especially in Zambia where the communities where such persons belong misunderstood them before and, therefore, mistreated them. It’s at these events that I work closely to call all family members that have children and relatives with intellectual disability to join Special Olympics in developing the physical and sporting ability of people with an intellectual disability.”
Mother of athlete Mubanga said, “being part of the program helped me to appreciate my son as a person that was part of society. It also helped me to manage the role of being a mother of a child with a challenge of that nature, but appreciate his gift and talents. “
About Mr William Sikapanda : Special Olympics Zambia National Director