BPR donates Rwf5m protective equipment to Special Olympics Rwanda | New times


Special Olympics Rwanda, on Friday October 9, received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth Rwf 5 million donated by Banque Populaire du Rwanda Plc (BPR Plc.) To strengthen the fight against Covid-19.

The donation includes, among other things, walking and washing equipment, face masks and liquid soap.

Handing over the equipment, Maurice K. Toroitich, Managing Director of BPR, explained that the reason the bank chose to support Special Olympics Rwanda is that it is part of its social responsibility as a banking institution to support people with special needs in society, especially in this time of Covid-19 when life is difficult even under ordinary circumstances.

Maurice K. Toroitich, Managing Director of BPR, speaks at the event to hand over the PPE donation to Special Olympics Rwanda on Friday. Photos: Craish Bahizi.

“We know that even under ordinary circumstances people have a lot of difficulty and we think that working with Special Olympics is a good thing because they support people with special needs,” he said, noting that “during In this difficult time, we are certain the support we provide will go a long way in helping athletes with an intellectual disability.

“As a community of BPR, we identify with their cause and therefore with the reason why we decided to support them,” he added.

Toroitich also noted that this was the first time that OPI has worked with Special Olympics, but they have already had conversations with them to explore other ways to support them.

“So this is the start of what I believe is a long term relationship to support Special Olympics Rwanda.”

Face masks are part of the protective equipment with which BPR has supported Special Olympics.

The donation to Special Olympics Rwanda amounts to Rwf 5 million, and the donated material will be distributed to schools with Special Olympics programs, while some will go to training centers.

Speaking on the occasion, Deus Sangwa, President of Special Olympics Rwanda, said the support of the OPI is timely as it will be able to help athletes with mental disabilities.

“We are very grateful to BPR for their generous support. The equipment we have just received will help at least 500 mentally disabled athletes. “

Group photo after the PPE donation ceremony

BPR Managing Director Maurice K. Toroitich (right) and Special Olympics President Dues Sangwa (center) test out the walking and washing equipment donated at the ceremony.

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