(ONE OF THE HAPPY PUPILS) Variety - the Children’s Charity of Barbados - hosted a special presentation to six children from All Saints, St. Stephens, Ellerton, Eagle Hall and St. Mathew's Special Units classes.

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Barbados, held a presentation for six children from All Saints, St. Stephen’s, Ellerton, Eagle Hall and St. Mathew’s Special Units classes. The presentation was made by the Honorable Ronald Jones, JP, MP, Minister of Education recently at the Plantations Garden Theatre, St. Lawrence, Christ Church.

Government Minister Jones presented the six children with their bicycles and helmets

In her welcome address Donnah Russell, Executive Director told the audience of parents and teachers who accompanied the awardees, “Over the past year, Variety has worked closely with many of the Special Needs Units of the Primary Schools, providing equipment and supplies to be used to enhance and excite the numerous learning methods necessary to teach these special children.”

(ONE OF THEM COULDN'T WAIT TO TRY THE NEW WHEELS) Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean is dedicated to assisting sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The charity was founded in 1991 and is tent #73 of the 80 year-old Variety International. For further information or to make a donation please contact Variety’s Executive Director Ms. Donnah Russell at 428-9258 or 266-9258.

She went on to say that Variety was pleased to “celebrate the strides these children have made, having
witnessed other organisations rewarding the academics who move on to older secondary schools … We celebrate their achievements given the trial and error they have gone endured to go through a syllabus and a traditional system that is not necessarily set with them in mind. We celebrate their success against all odds

(SOME OF THE ELATED PARENTS) This year Variety’s focus is on the Mobility Programme, which provides children with mobile devices such as wheelchairs, prosthetics and walkers to enhance their quality of life and build their confidence through an improved state of independence. This programme also rewards children who have excelled despite challenges they have encountered.

The Minister of Education, Hon Ronald Jones, MP addressed the parents and noted that they were the first responders to the needs of their children and urged them to nurture their special children who were special only because of the extra attention they need to help them as they learn and grow. The Minister also spoke about the need for the extended family and organisations such as Variety to assist these special students.

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