MORE than 250 special needs children and adults had a day of fun in the fourth edition of the ‘Let’s Play’ carnival at the MBPJ Badminton Hall in Kelana Jaya recently.
The carnival was jointly organised by SportsUnite Sports Club in collaboration with Pusat Jagaan & Insan Istimewa (IMC) USJ Subang, Milo, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Figos.
Children and adults of different races from 10 homes took part this year compared to 220 children from eight homes in 2013.
Aged between four and 25 years, the participants were from Pusat Jagaan & Latihan Insan Istimewa IMC, Pusat Kanak kanak Istimewa Kajang, Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Rawang, Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Sri Kundang, Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Ulu Klang, Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Nur Qayyum, SMK Alam Damai, SMK Seri Tasik, MY CP Club and Adam Club.
Eight simple yet creative telematch events were organised for the enjoyment of the participants.
Many volunteers and parents were on hand to assist the participants go through their paces as they competed in the spirit of fun and unity.
About 100 volunteers from the MAHSA Nursing Institute, Sime Darby Nursing Institute, the 10 participating Homes, parents and medical support from MBPJ were on hand to ensure the safety and well being of the participants.
Petaling Jaya Mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad not only presented the prizes but also interacted with the participants, their parents and support staff.
All 250 participants received gold medal souvenirs from Milo, Figos sports shoes or balls and certificates of participation signed by Alinah.
SportsUnite chairman Datuk Dina Rizal said every participant returned a winner.
“We salute each and every participant for their effort, enthusiasm and determination to do their best,” said Dina.