Udupi, July 18, 2015 : A media release July 17 states, resident student of the Manasa Rehabilitation and Training Centre for Special Children at Pamboor in Udupi district is to participate in the Special Olympics to be held in the United States from July 21 to August 5.
Wilma Pereira (19), from Mansa Rehabilitation and Training Centre, has found a place in the Indian handball team and will be participating in the Special Olympics in the US. She will be leaving for Los Angeles in the U.S. from Chennai International Airport on July 20 with other members of the Indian team. She was coached in handball in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Chennai. Wilma Pereira is the daughter of Lawrence and Jacintha Pereira from Mangaluru.
The management, staff and students of Manasa Rehabilitation and Training Centre held a felicitation function for Wilma in Pamboor July 17.
Speaking on the occasion, Rev Ferdinand Gonsalves, Spiritual Director of Catholic Sabha, said that Wilma Pereira had been able to bag a place in the Indian team through her sheer dedication. By this achievement, she had made the Manasa Centre proud. An example for students who aimed at scaling greater heights. Nothing is impossible to those who put in hard work. May she achieve her best in the Special Olympics in the US and bring laurels to India.
Elroy Kiran Crasto, Treasurer of Manasa Trust, said that the government should provide more facilities to special children so that they could excel in Special Olympics. Selection of Wilma is a matter of pride to Karnataka State. A sports kit was presented to Wilma Pereira on the occasion.
Thelma Lewis, Principal of Manasa Centre, welcomed the gathering. Vasanthi, hostel warden, proposed a vote of thanks. Rajani Hegde, president of Moodubelle Gram Panchayat; Henry Menezes, president of Manasa Trust; William Machado, president of Catholic Sabha; Remedia D’Souza, former zilla panchayat president; and Joseph Noronha, administrator of the centre, were present among a large gathering of students, parents and well wishers.