Serco and Facilities First support Special Olympics SA
Published: 13 Aug 2021
Serco and Facilities First, are proud to provide our support to Special Olympics in South Australia.
Serco has been an active member of the South Australian community for 25 years with Adelaide the hub of our Asia Pacific shared service operations. Together, Serco and Facilities First, which is owned and operated by Serco, have committed to supporting Special Olympics South Australia in 2021 and 2022 to allow families who have a loved one with an intellectual disability or autism to thrive.
Serco Chief Executive Officer, Peter Welling, along with Managing Director Facilities Management, Ben Bayot, are delighted to include Special Olympics in our community support programs.
“The opportunities Special Olympics South Australia provide for those with an intellectual disability or autism and their families to participate in sport are absolutely incredible,” Mr Welling said.
Like the Olympics and Paralympics, Special Olympics believe in the power of sport to create a better world. Special Olympics South Australia Chair, Derek Finch, welcomed the Serco and Facilities First support.
“We value the support Serco and Facilities First are providing here in South Australia – it will help us to provide more opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.”
“We want to help create an inclusive Australia where people with intellectual disabilities live active, healthy, and fulfilling lives. This partnership with Serco and Facilities First helps us deliver this, with support for our sport training programs, competition pathways and Athlete Leadership which teaches life skills such as discipline and teamwork,” Mr Finch said.
Mr Welling said our organisation holds a deep commitment to ensuring everyone in our community has access to vital services and experiences.
“I believe the opportunity to be part of a sporting community and team is a particularly powerful and positive experience for everyone of all ability levels.”
“We all know that being part of a welcoming community and a supportive team, whether on the sporting field, or at work, is a very positive factor in supporting health and wellbeing. It is wonderful to be involved in supporting a program that provides these life benefits to people and their families who might not always have the opportunity to be part of a sporting group or team.” Mr Bayot said.
Special Olympics Australia is part of a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Their volunteers create accessible sports training, coaching and competition opportunities which are offered week-in and week-out in local communities throughout Australia.
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*Image provided by Special Olympics Australia