Awareness Walk held as part of Disability Week
The Dove Club of Dominica, on Saturday August 31st, held an awareness walk for children with disabilities, commencing from the Cove at Canefield to the Botanical Gardens, where the ceremony took place.
Shara Jno Baptiste, Public Relations Officer of the Dove Club, said the overall aim of the walk was to notify the public, chiefly children with disabilities, that free medical care is available to them.
Ms. Jno Baptiste noted, that the idea originated from St. Vincent – thee first Caribbean Island to initiate the Dove Club.
Dominica is the first Caribbean Island to be registered for free medical care under this initiative.
Carly June Joseph, better known as “June June”, Secretary of the Dove Club, said the Club is a support group that aims to sensitize the public about free health care assistance they receive from St. Vincent.
Although all the surgeries are free of charge, the club still requires financial help for accommodation and airfares.
The Dominican Government is on board with this initiative, in giving back to the disable, who struggle with costs for surgeries and other health care needs.
Spokesperson of the Club, Danny James, has performed surgery through the club, and shared his experience. He said the Club has helped him in the past and he had to come out to show his support.