Newport hosts Rio carnival as leading disability charity celebrates Paralympics

15 September 2016

Can Do volunteers enjoying the carnivalRio came to Newport last week, along with inflatable palm trees, bunting and beach balls, as part of 10 nationwide carnivals organised by Leonard Cheshire Disability to celebrate the Paralympic Games.

Everyone who is part of Leonard Cheshire’s Can Do project in Newport, which offers exciting volunteering opportunities for 10- to 35-year-old disabled people, sampled this taste of Rio in Wales at the velodrome sports village on Wednesday 14 September.

The Can Do volunteers said they really liked the day.

Along with their family, friends and staff they watched the games while preparing homeless care packs for their community.

They also enjoyed nibbles and mocktails, while decorations including flamingos, pompoms and Rio flags created a South American atmosphere — with Brazilian music providing a fitting soundtrack.

Katrina Jones, the Can Do project co-ordinator, said:

‘We are really enjoying watching and celebrating the Paralympics this month and a large number of our young Can Doers are joining in the celebrations.

‘The importance of the Paralympics speaks for itself, since the games started back in 1960, it is now the second biggest sporting event.

‘Watching the role models of today is extremely inspirational.

‘They shows us what we can all achieve, that we are all equal, and will hopefully inspire our younger generations to be the role models of the future.’

Building on the success of its long-running programmes supporting participation in everything from tennis to boccia to snooker, Leonard Cheshire Disability is currently looking at which sports and activities to run more widely post-Paralympics.

Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Carnivals — our Cheshire Carnivals — have been staged across the UK throughout August and September.

The Rio roadshows have also visited Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Inverness, Nottingham and Sutton Coldfield and will be heading to Cumbria, London and Kent within the next week.

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