Something special

It will be an exciting and music-filled Sunday when virtuoso and entertainer-supreme John King takes to the stage at the Combermere School hall in the Special Olympics concert An Evening of Embracing Differences.

The annual concert, which is produced by the Special Olympics Outreach and Skills Training Programme, features not only King, but it also promises an outstanding collection of talent, including Special Olympics athletes, in lively song and dance performances.

Joining the entertainer King and the athletes will be Deborah Clarke, the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School Pop Band, NIFCA Award-winning dramatist Wayne Harewood, the NIFCA Award-winning Haynesville Youth Club, NIFCA semifinalist in song Hope Howell, the Christ Church Parish Church Ballroom and Line Dancing Club, Davianne Phillips, Toni Cutting and graduates of the Youth Achieving Results Performing Arts Programme (coordinated by the Division of Youth Affairs and the National Cultural Foundation).

The Special Olympics Outreach and Skills Training Programme is designed to help meet the personal and social development needs of intellectually challenged individuals who are age 16 and over. In the past, participants in the programme learned how to create soft home furnishings, and, in the past two years, their focus has been on the performing arts.

Each Saturday, the athletes meet at the St. Leonard’s Boys Secondary School for three hours of instruction in music and dance.

In Sunday’s concert which starts at 5 p.m, the music of the late Michael Jackson will fill the Major Noott Hall when the athletes provide a stirring and thought-provoking look at the song The Man in the Mirror.

Proceeds from the concert will assist in that effort by helping to fund an educational overseas tour. Tickets are available at the Special Olympics Barbados Office located at Independence Square or by calling the office at 426-9064.

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