Special Olympics come to Werribee

The Special Olympics are an international voluntary programme of sports training and competition for people of all ages with an intellectual disability. Sports involved include aquatics, track & field, basketball, bocce, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis and ten pin bowling.

Special Olympics Volunteers

Special Olympics Volunteers

Starting in Victoria in 1975 the programme has been growing ever since, and Werribee was host of the latest competition over the weekend of April 16th and 17th. Freemasonry Victoria have been involved with the Special Olympics for many years and this event gave the freemasons of Western District 117 the opportunity to do their bit. They were asked to provide and help prepare lunches for approximately 200 athletes and volunteers on each of the two days of competition.

The task was to provide; 400 bread rolls, 400 muesli bars, 400 fruit juice drinks and 400 pieces of fruit which duly arrived on the Saturday morning.

A band of volunteers was formed to make up the ham and salad rolls and pack the lunch bags prior to delivering them to the respective venues. The weekend went off without a hitch and the volunteers all agreed that it was a fun occasion as well as providing some “hands on” benevolence to the local community.

David Seymour, District Coordinator Western District 117 would like to thank all the volunteers that gave freely of their time and also those companies that generously provided the rolls, muesli bars, fruit juice and fruit.

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