PHOTOS: PWDs Get Ruparelia Support To Develop Skills

PHOTOS: PWDs Get Ruparelia Support To Develop Skills

This year’s Skills and Talent Expo 2018 organised by Rena community Development Association with a purpose to find  solution to the problems faced by People with Disabilities (PWDs) received donation from Rajiv Ruparelia, the managing Director of Crane Management Services (CMS), a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group.

Rajiv is son to businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.  And in the generous spirit of the Ruparelia family, Rajiv on Thursday donated millions of shillings in cash and gifts to People with Disabilities at the Skills and Talent Expo 2018 which happened at Mengo Senior School.

The expo was attended by persons with disabilities from Kampala metropolitan areas like Wakiso, Mpigi, Kira, Kyengera, Entebbe and Kajjansi. The executive director of the Rena community development association, Mr Twaha Katende, who was also the chairman of the organising committee of the event, said the expo’s theme was to support PWDs towards achieving self-reliance and better livelihoods.

In his address to the disabled community members who attended the expo, the Managing Director of Crane Management Services, Mr Rajiv Ruparelia, thanked the organising committee for coming up with such a wonderful idea of uniting people and playing games so that their talents can be identified.

The business tycoon further called upon the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to come up with capacity building programmes that can help the disabled to acquire skills and meet their desirable goals in future.

“As Ruparelia group, we have been at the fore front of working closely with the disabled. That’s why in all our buildings, we have decided to set up some places where these people can work,” he said. He said these facilities were accessible at Kampala Boulevard Building, Hardware City, Market Plaza and Kingdom Kampala.

Mr Rajiv who funded over 60% of the budget for this year’s PWDs annual expo also called upon the members to work together for the benefit of their association.  He also reminded them that disability is not inability.

The event was attened by the President of the Amptics Soccer Federation Mr Katimbo Lawrence and the councillor representing PWDs in Kawempe division urban council Mr Mandera Amos. They thanked the guest of honour for having sponsored the event and made it a colourful one.

An Amptic soccer team of UPDF soldiers from Mubende squared off with  a selected team from Kampala regional Amptic soccer clubs in a game that was characterised by fan, jubilations and skills. The Kampala Amptic soccer club walloped Mubende UPDF team 2:0. 

Later, the guest of honour Mr Rajiv handed over the trophy to the winners and wheel chairs, crutches, walking frames, walking sticks and other mobility devices to the disability community.



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