MILCO AND TELETONI JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE PARAPAN AMERICAN GAMES
The Lima 2019 official mascot visited San Juan de Dios clinic and handed out complimentary tickets to child patients and their parents.
Milco, the Lima 2019 official mascot, arrived at San Juan de Dios clinic to deliver complimentary tickets to the children and their families for the Opening Ceremony of the Parapan American Games and for football 7-a-side competitions, to be held at the National Stadium and Villa María del Triunfo Sports Center, respectively.
The Games’ lovable mascot was greeted warmly by Teletoni, mascot of the fundraising Fundación Teletón who joined Milco on a tour around the children’s rehabilitation area. This is the place where hundreds of children with a physical impairment receive therapy on a daily basis for their gradual recovery.
Héctor Ramos, Lima 2019 Head of Ticketing, stated that the Games Organizing Committee is trying to reach out to everybody so they can enjoy the competitions; in this case, the children supported by Teletón.
Ramos explained that their goals are to promote the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality, and to help showcase the potential of the participating Para athletes.
He recalled that, at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, over 6000 complimentary tickets were delivered. Now, they aim to double this figure so that more people can enjoy this sports event.
Meanwhile, Brother José Briceño from Fundación Teletón thanked Lima 2019 for inviting the young patients of San Juan de Dios clinic, because watching the event will inspire them to reinforce their desire of self-improvement.
“We’re very proud of several young people who received care here and now will represent us at the Parapan American Games,” said Brother José. He recalled that José Jesús Díaz, now 24, was a patient at the clinic and is now a Para athlete who is part of the Peruvian football 7-a-side team.
During Milco’s visit to the clinic patients, it was confirmed that Teletón will once again unite all Peruvians on November 8 and 9.
This year, we will have to overtake the PEN 11,748,829 raised in 2018, in order to reach more children and young people with a physical impairment currently undergoing treatment in the San Juan de Dios clinics located in Lima, Iquitos, Chiclayo, Cusco and Arequipa.
The purpose of Teletón is to improve the quality of life of all patients, promoting their human dignity, skills development and inclusion in society.