| James Kon |
FITNESS Zone together with The Energy Kitchen and FC Phosphor yesterday put smiles on faces of special needs children at Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam in a celebration to mark the International Day of People with Disability.
Disability Day, or International Day of People with Disability, has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim is to encourage better understanding of people affected by a disability, making people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people as well as raise awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life – from economic to political, social and cultural.
According to Fitness Manager of Fitness Zone, Racheal Lee, “Disability is not inability! I am a strong believer in reaching out and giving back to the community. To be able to acknowledge International Day of People with Disability serves as a year-end blessing for both Fitness Zone and us. Being active in the health and fitness industry, it is equally important and satisfying for me to share and educate people with disability in Brunei on how to stay fit and healthy.”
The guest of honour was Pg Datin Hjh Noraini PDNLD Pg Hj Abd Momin, Executive/Operational Trustee of Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al Hajjah Maryam.
To commemorate the occasion, representatives from Fitness Zone, Pusat Ehsan, The Energy Kitchen and FC Phosphor held a certificate signing ceremony.
After the ceremony, Fitness Zone’s certified instructors, Lovely and Sam, conducted a group exercise for 28 members of Pusat Ehsan, while the Managing Director of FC Phosphor, Tengku Syed Herdiman bin Tenkgu Syed Abdul Rahman and his team led a mini football session.
Managing Director of Fitness Zone, Wu Chun, as the Ambassador for the International Day of People with Disability said, “Fitness Zone hopes to improve the quality of life for people with disability. Earlier this year, we conducted a seminar on how to assist people who are blind to workout in a health club. I truly think the best way for them to be part of the community is to work and play with people without the disabilities. We should give them equal chances as it helps them to learn better from role models to be a person with contributions to make.”
He added, “Look at Nick Vujicic, a person born without arms and legs but he managed to fight against his disability and become a world-renowned speaker who inspires millions of people. I strongly believe that disability does not come from the body it is the negative thoughts that disable us. The only disability in life is having a bad attitude.”
The event continued with a talent performance by some of the members of Pusat Ehsan such as dancing, singing, reading, painting and musical instrument performance.
Before concluding the fun-filled day, The Energy Kitchen team led by Executive Chef, Jason Lew, prepared special healthy lunch for the students, to spread the message on the importance of healthy food and diet.
Jason said, “We wanted to treat the students to a nice meal and introduce the idea that simple healthy cooking can be fun and delicious, too. After all, good nutrition is the foundation for good health.”