Sunrise events inspire and impress

Sunrise clients observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities along with volunteers from Digicel. - Photo: Jewel Levy

Sunrise Adult Training Centre clients and staff dressed in yellow on Dec. 2 to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Friends from Digicel and Rotaract Blue made contributions to help with the day’s activities, which included a barbecue, music and dancing. The clients helped prepare the food.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, officially designated as Dec. 3, was instituted by the United Nations in 1992. It is observed as a collaborative effort among schools, businesses, community groups and individuals to help break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities.

This year’s theme, “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want,” draws attention to the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals to create a more inclusive and equitable world for people with disabilities.

The annual theme promotes the removal of all types of barriers to disabled people, including those relating to the physical environment and information and communications technology.

Christmas play

Stuart the innkeeper (Justin Manderson, right) talks with Zechariah (teacher Will Delgaty) and Elizabeth (Vanessa Williams), as they express their hopes for their infant son, in a performance at the Sunrise Adult Training Centre in West Bay.
Stuart the innkeeper (Justin Manderson, right) talks with Zechariah (teacher Will Delgaty) and Elizabeth (Vanessa Williams), as they express their hopes for their infant son, in a performance at the Sunrise Adult Training Centre in West Bay.

On Dec. 7, the Sunrise Adult Training Centre hosted its annual Christmas play to a full house.

This year’s production, “The Innkeeper’s Dilemma,” was set at the fictional Bethlehem Bed and Breakfast.

Twenty-eight Sunrise clients took part in the play, and staff took on the roles of director, musical director, stage managers and ushers. Staff members also helped the actors on and off stage, and even had a few lines of their own.

Carols were sung throughout the production, with the audience invited to sing along with the cast.

“It was a great night, the production went really well and everybody enjoyed themselves,” said Sunrise Adult Training Centre Acting Director Kimberly Voaden.

Crafts were also on sale at the John Gray Memorial Church West Bay, where the play was held, with the proceeds going toward programs at the Sunrise Centre.

 

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