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MENAFN - The Peninsula - 01/10/2012

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Kathleen Bates, a certified handicapped scuba instructor, will host the programme.
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) DOHA: Vodafone Qatar will launch a swimming tilt for kids with disabilities dubbed "Freestyle Aquatics Doha Dive Challenge" on October 12 to 13 at American School Doha.

Customised for children aged 8 and above, the Doha Dive Challenge which is part of the company's "World of Difference" programme will be hosted by Kathleen Bates, a certified handicapped scuba instructor in Qatar who has been working with the physically disabled for the past 15 years.

"There are many benefits to participating in a programme of this kind. Physically, participants will experience relief of pain and muscle spasms, they will enjoy improved flexibility, balance and agility. Mentally, participating can provide a true sense of accomplishment and help develop or improve self-esteem & self-confidence. Socially, these activities can help participants overcome stereotypes and can integrate them into their peer groups as equals," said Bates.

Freestyle Aquatics was founded and is run by Kathleen Bates who has been working with the physically disabled in active/outdoor recreational settings. She has 13 years collective diving and teaching experience, and she is a professional snorkeling and scuba diving instructor with certification from three international accredited agencies from Europe, Asia and the United States. She is the only certified handicapped scuba instructor in Qatar and only one of two female adaptive instructors in the GCC.

World of Difference is an initiative part of 'Better World', Vodafone Qatar's corporate social responsibility strategy. It is a unique flagship project and a first in Qatar in which Vodafone Qatar gives people the opportunity to receive funding for 12 months to undertake projects to help the community in Qatar.

The World of Difference is an annual programme, and applications for the 2013 World of Difference will open in early November 2012. For those who are interested in participating at Doha Dive Challenge, please contact Freestyle Aquatics on: www.facebook.com/freestyleacquatics2012 .

 






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