Robert King General Manager of ASCO Motors and Margaret Macfarlane President of the Vanuatu Paralympic Committee have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the development of parasport in Vanuatu and then presented a cheque for Vt420,200 to sponsor the costs for young Santo parathlete Marcelline Moli to the Pacific Games (Vt93,200) in July and uniforms and preparation (Vt326,000) for the six member team travelling to the Arafura Games on 21st April 2019.
“For our team here at ASCO Motors, it’s all about social justice. We understand the difficulties that people living with an impairment face. ASCO already supports the community with access to a Toyota bus to provide mobility to people with a disability to attend workshops and training opportunities.
“Support for the Vanuatu Paralympic Committee previously has also been through purchasing tickets for fund raising events. But this MOU will take our corporate support to a more international level with funds for preparation for the Pacific Games and competition uniforms for the Arafura Games,” said Robert King.
“This MOU also replicates the global commitment of Toyota for the paralympic movement,” explained Margaret Macfarlane. “In 2018, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Toyota signed an agreement for Toyota to become a global corporate sponsor for the paralympic movement not just up until the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games but beyond to the Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024. Our local MOU with ASCO Motors delivers the goal of Toyota world-wide to be a significant corporate sponsor for parathletes.”
Akio Toyoda, son of the founder of Toyota and current Toyota President has commented “We at Toyota share the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) commitment to help create a society where we all have access to the same opportunities.
“The IPC knows the importance of mobility in promoting social participation for people with an impairment. We at Toyota don’t want mobility be an obstacle, but rather an opportunity for people to achieve their dreams. At the most difficult times, sports can offer hope and purpose and inspire us all to never give up and sport has the power to unify us all. Through the Paralympic Games, we want to make both the power of mobility and the power of sport available to all.”