In June, Paralympian wheelchair sprinter, and Team GB representative Anne Wafula Strike travelled to meet Haiti’s Paralympic hopefuls at Haiti Hospital Appeal’s rehab centre, where they have been training.
Josue Cajuste will represent Haiti at the Paralympics competing for shot and javelin titles and earthquake survivor Leon Gaysil, is hoping one day to become Haiti’s first ever paralympian handcyclist. Anne encouraged and inspired them as they work towards competing on the world stage. “I’ve learned so much from them” she said. “Cajuste is such a star. Here he's someone with a disability who's been marginalised, who's regarded as useless in the community, but he will be representing and flying the flag of Haiti in London this summer. That is so powerful.”
We can't express how grateful we are that you have supported our rehabilitation work with your kind donations. Sport is a very important part of rehabilitation, improving physical functioning and mental stability. HHA’s disability sports centre is going to be a place where people with disabilities can train alongside those who don’t. We want to break down stigma and build advocates of disability sport in Haiti. It is very exciting seeing the dream becoming a reality, and that simply would not be possible without your continued support. From the bottom of our heart, we thank you.
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