It is a great honor for us – said Sylwester Flis, who was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit, the coach and co-founder of the first sledge hockey team in Poland. On Friday, President Andrzej Duda presented state decorations on the occasion of the International Day of People with Disabilities. He said, among other things, that we should do everything so that people with disabilities could function “in the best possible way, without barriers”.
December 3 is the International Day of People with Disabilities. On that day, the president presented state decorations. Andrzej Duda he recalled that there are five million people with disabilities in Poland and stressed the need to take action for them.
– The point is that we should do everything in our lives, that [osoby z niepełnosprawnościami – przyp. red.] can function as well as possible, without barriers, that they have everything that everyone else has available, that they can fulfill themselves, that they can give others an example of spiritual strength and that it is possible, that in the most difficult conditions it is possible to achieve success, that despite different the adversities that people sometimes meet, one can derive great satisfaction from life, and in addition very often give it to others – said the president.
Duda: Today we are trying to create a legal framework for assisting a disabled person
The president thanked the recipients for their activities for the benefit of people with disabilities and argued that the state also supports such people. He recalled, inter alia, the Strategy for People with Disabilities adopted this year and the “Accessibility Plus” program.
– Today we are trying to create a legal framework for assisting a disabled person. Such programs are already launched in many places in Poland, but we want these principles – at least in the framework scope – to take the form of a law. We are working on it here in the president’s office, we operate in many areas – Andrzej Duda assured.
Trainer Sylwester Flis: it is a great honor for us
The coach and co-founder of the first sledge hockey team in Poland, awarded with the Gold Cross of Merit, Sylwester Flis thanked for appreciating the activity of people with disabilities.
– It is a great distinction for us, which is even more important in connection with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We are glad that the holiday established for us effectively contributes to increasing social awareness of the work, activity, opportunities and successes of people with disabilities as well as activities carried out for them – he said.
As he added, the time has finally come that people with disabilities are noticed on all levels. He also expressed his thanks on behalf of all the honored and “on behalf of all persons with disabilities whose achievements are recognized by the state”.
International Day of People with Disabilities
International Day People with Disabilities was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. Its aim is, inter alia, to bring the problems of people with disabilities closer to the public and to increase public awareness of the benefits of integration with them.
Apart from the presidential couple, the ceremony at the Presidential Palace was attended by, among others, the Minister of Family and Social Policy, Marlena Maląg, the Minister of Sport and Tourism, Kamil Bortniczuk, and the Government Plenipotentiary for the Disabled, Paweł Wdówik.
List of decorated by President Andrzej Duda
For outstanding sports achievements, for promoting Poland in the international arena Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta Róża Kozakowska was awarded.
For sports achievements, for promoting Poland in the international arena Golden Crosses of Merit Halina Andrzejak, Dominika Bolek, Natalia Brzykcy, Paweł Gredka, Anna Kuśmierek, Lidia Maziarz and Karolina Wojtkiewicz were awarded.
For sports achievements, for promoting Poland in the international arena Silver Crosses of Merit were awarded to Bartosz Chotkowski, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk, Joanna Strześniewska and Edyta Zaręba.
For outstanding contributions to the development of the sport of disabled people, for achievements in training and coaching, Piotr Kuczek was awarded Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restitutaand Michał Mossoń Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
The Golden Cross of Merit Henryk Ostrykiewicz was awarded for the second time – for achievements in training and coaching, for his contribution to the development and promotion of sport – and the first time was awarded to Iwona Ciok, Sylwester Flis, Mariusz Kubicki and Romuald Schmidt.
Zuzanna Janaszek-Maciaszek was awarded Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for outstanding merits in activities for the support and social activation of people with disabilities and in need of help.
They were appreciated for their merits in activities for the disabled and people in need of help Golden Crosses of Merit Jan Arczewski, Barbara Bielińska-Jaroszyk, Małgorzata Młynarska, Ewa Pawłowska and Jolanta Stokłosa, while Silver Crosses of Merit Paweł Kacprzyk and Mirosława Widurek.
Medal of the Centenary of Regained Independence received Łukasz Szeliga for his services to the Independent.
Main photo source: PAP / Andrzej Lange