Oct 18, 2012 Sports
A team of physically challenged athletes managed by amputee William ‘The Conqueror’ France are on a fund raising drive to cover their expenses to participate in the New York Marathon on November 4.
The athletes, Dennis Burns, Andre Richardson, John Antoo, Steve Charles, Indi Ramnauth and Yvonne DeAbreu along with Manager William France have been on the drive and have done very well to date under the circumstances faced as they prepare to head to the West Demerara area to continue their drive this weekend.
They have so far realised $588,000 of the $980,000 needed to take the team to the United States. They are still looking for additional assistance but must be commended for their self help effort. France expressed heartfelt thanks to all the persons that have assisted so far noting the assistance from the people at Berbice and especially the Police at Fort Wellington including ASP Jairam, Sgt Thomas and Cpl Benjamin who made a part of the journey with the athletes as they did a walk in the Berbice area recently to raise funds. France also noted the help from George Humphrey, Neil Kumar, Ramchand Auto Sales and Brains Watch World. They have so far held walks in Essequibo, East Coast, East Bank and Berbice and the West Demerara is the target area this weekend.
France noted that not much attention is given to disabled athletes and he hope that trend will change in the very near future and also that businesses could come out and assist them this time and in the future in relation to sponsorship. He highlighted the difficulties faced in obtaining sponsorship especially form some big establishments, but noted the help form members of the public so far, for which the team is very grateful.
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