A range of guests recently attended a prize giving ceremony to celebrate the completion of Cedar’s Global Challenge. As part of our broader InclUSion Matters services, Cedar’s Global Challenge which was funded by Active Belfast aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities in Greater Belfast. Teams and individuals were tasked to collectively cycle and walk the distance of the circumference of the earth and were also encouraged and supported to have healthy eating habits. At the event participants were presented with prizes including Fitbits and the dedicated volunteers received commemorative glass plaques as recognition of their important role in making the project such a success.

Josie Hendley participant said, “The Global Challenge has been very good I really enjoyed it.  Having a bike is going to give me the opportunity to get out and about, give me strength in my legs.  I am now doing something that I didn’t think I could.” 

The legacy impact of the programme was demonstrated when Shaun Finlay, one of the volunteers presented his independent walking group in Belfast and the positive impact it has. Aubrey Bingham, Community Sport Manager for Disability Sport commended the work of Cedar, raising awareness on the importance of healthy activity walking or cycling. Aubrey highlighted that Disability Sport NI is in the process of establishing a Disability Sports Hub in each of the eleven district council areas, providing a range of sports wheelchairs, inclusive bikes and inclusive sports equipment to enable children and adults with disabilities to participate in at least fourteen different activities.

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