The United States (US) Embassy in Brunei Darussalam in collaboration with the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam handed over 40 footballs to the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) on the sidelines of the ‘Inclusive Fun Fest’ at Bandarku Ceria, Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday morning.
At the handing over ceremony, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad received the footballs from US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Caryn McClelland and Deputy British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Catherine Pochkhanavala-Cleeve before he handed over the balls to Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Rambli bin Pengiran Haji Bunut.
The US Ambassador said, “On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) and in the spirit of FIFA World Cup – we are proud to partner with the British High Commission to reaffirm our shared commitment to protecting the rights of persons with different abilities.
“The US strives to be a model for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility to reflect one of our most fundamental values as a nation, that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. We promote and protect the rights of persons with different abilities and work to ensure their full inclusion on an equal basis with others.”
The Deputy British High Commissioner added, “We’re delighted to partner with our friends at the US embassy to donate these footballs to the SOBD on such an important day. December 3 marks IDPWD.
“It is a day to spread awareness and understanding of the experience of people with disabilities and to recognise and value the diversity of our global community and the role that we all play.”
The initiative was held in observance of the United Nations IDPWD and in the spirit of FIFA World Cup to demonstrate the US and United Kingdom’s shared interests in advancing disability rights, social inclusion and sports development.