SPECIAL OLYMPICS JAMAICA LAUNCHES NEW BOOK, “THE JOURNEY” TO ASSIST FUND-RAISING FOR SPECIAL ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN GREECE
Digicel Founder and Chairman, Denis O’Brien, was the guest speaker at the launch of Special Olympics Jamaica’s book, “The Journey.”
The book, which charts Special Olympics Jamaica’s journey from its inception in 1978 to present-day, includes personal messages from Prime Minister, the Honourable Bruce Golding, Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics International, Timothy Shriver, and Denis O’Brien – to name but a few.
‘The Journey’ also records some of the many inspirational stories from the 3,500 Jamaican Special Olympic athletes who have altogether won 104 Gold and 57 silver medals in Special Olympics World games since 1978.
Executive Director of the Special Olympics Jamaica, Lorna Bell, said; “We are thrilled to be here for the official launch of “The Journey”. I would like to thank the efforts of all those who were fundamental in making the publication of this book possible.
“I would like to offer special thanks to Denis O’Brien and Digicel whose support has been instrumental in sending our athletes to World Summer and Winter Games across the world since 2001.”
Denis O’Brien said; “Digicel has been the proud supporter of Special Olympics since our launch in Jamaica back in 2001. It was one of the first and most important community-based organisations that we were eager to support.
“I continue to offer my support – and that of the entire Digicel family – to Special Olympics here in Jamaica and across the world. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it and I wish you all the very best of success in your ongoing journey to greatness,” he added.
Denis O’Brien chaired the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland. It was the first time the Summer Games were staged outside the US with teams from 160 countries and over 30,000 volunteers. The 2003 Summer Games were the most successful in the history of the Special Olympics World Summer Games.
The book is on sale now and all proceeds will go towards funding the Jamaican Special Olympians in travelling to the World Games which take place in Athens, Greece, in June and July this year.