(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The joys of sailing were extended to a new set of sporting enthusiasts on Sunday when Oman Sail and Oman Shipping Company hosted the Down Syndrome Parents Support Group (DSPSG) at The Wave, Muscat.
Twenty-three children, aged between eight and 14, and their parents tried out a range of vessels in the Oman Sail fleet from small Bahias dinghies to the speedy power boats, all under the watchful eyes of Oman Sail's qualified sailing coaches. It was part of a programme of events in support of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations for the past two years.
Tarik al Junaidi, acting CEO of Oman Shipping Company said, ''Oman Shipping Company plays an active role in providing support to local charitable organisations and is proud to be backing DSPSG. Events such as this one will bring a wide variety of activities that can benefit the children as well as help pread awareness about the cause.''
The Down Syndrome Parents Support Group in Oman was founded in 2003 by Dr Lorene and has 204 registered members based in Muscat, Barka, Samail and Rustaq. It was created to provide specialist help for parents of Down Syndrome children to assist with their development and advancement.
The boat excursions especially the powerboating on-board United Engineering Services' boat and a spin in Oman Sail's Farr 30, proved a big hit with the children and showed how valuable such opportunities were to both organisers and guests. Neville Storey, CEO of United Engineering Services, who earlier this year teamed with Oman Sail to support to British quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister to make a trans-oceanic crossing with Omani sailor Nashwa al Kindi, added, ''UES gives back to the community by working closely with charitable organisations to help inspire positive social change and understanding community development needs.''<