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Vodafone diving programme for physically challenged people

The Vodafone Qatar’s World of Difference sponsored programme - Freestyle Aquatics, will launch the Doha Dive Challenge at the American School of Doha on October 12 and 13, it was announced yesterday.
The Freestyle Aquatics is being run by Kathleen Bates, who has been working with the physically disabled people for the past 15 years in active/outdoor recreational settings. 
The dive challenge is customised for the physically disabled aged eight years and above.
Those interested in participating in Doha Dive Challenge can contact Freestyle Aquatics on 
www.facebook.com/freestyleacquatics2012.
“There are many benefits to participating in a programme of this kind. Physically, participants will experience relief of pain and muscle spasms, they will enjoy improved flexibility, balance and agility. Mentally participating can provide a true sense of accomplishment and help develop or improve self-esteem and self-confidence,” Bates said. 
It is also expected that the activities will help participants overcome stereotypes while integrating them into their peer groups as equals. 
“For many people, being active and in the water can be life changing,” she added.
Bates has 13 years collective diving and teaching experience and she is a professional snorkelling and scuba diving instructor with certification from three international accredited agencies from Europe, Asia and the US. 
She is the only certified handicapped scuba instructor in Qatar and only one of two female adaptive instructors in the GCC. 
World of Difference is an initiative part of ‘Better World’, Vodafone Qatar’s corporate social responsibility strategy. 
It is a unique flagship project and a first in Qatar in which Vodafone Qatar gives people the opportunity to receive funding for 12 months to undertake projects to help the community in Qatar. 
The World of Difference is an annual programme, and applications for the 2013 World of Difference will open in early November 2012.

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