The Disability Trust hosted events across all our regions, including a sensory walk in Wollongong, a come and try day with Canberra Raiders in the ACT, ShireAbility film festival in Sutherland, and a Community Cricket Challenge in Bega.
Wollongong – Sensory Walk
The Disability Trust hosted over 230 participants at their Wollongong Head Office, featuring a sensory walk with eighteen sensory stations including arts and craft stands, Matildas Farmyard, water play and textured stalls, in addition to NSW Rural Fire Service AIDER program, Wollongong City Council travelling assistance and a clinical health check for individuals with a disability.
Each station showcased on the day was created to consider and include all individuals across a range of abilities and to assist in the awareness and importance of IDPWD within the community.
The Trusted Clinical Services team provided all participants with the option to try modified textured food samples under a universal diet program as part of an inclusive day.
“The Sensory Walk is aimed towards promoting the inclusiveness of community and integration of all,” noted Chief Executive Officer Margaret Bowen.
The Disability Trust’s ACT office celebrated the day in conjunction with the Canberra Raiders to include a ‘Game Day’ function with the recently established Score Raiders NRL program at the Raiders Belconnen. As part of the celebrations, both organisations prepared a ‘two-handed touch’ exhibition game with modified sporting activities on the day, a player meet and greet, in addition to food and drink stalls.
Celebrating in the Southern Sydney region, The Disability Trust celebrated alongside Sutherland City Council with the ShireABILITY film festival with over 150 individuals attending the event. The Disability Trust has two entries that were selected as finalists by Sutherland Council into the competition – “Foxy” and “Best Friends Forever”. Whilst Foxy did not win a prize, it was still an amazing achievement to make it to the finals.
Our Bega office organised a Community Cricket Challenge on Friday December 6th. The group played Kwik Cricket rules with teams of two batting for two overs each, which provided a great way to enable everyone from all abilities and experience to get involved and take part. The Trust team did a great job to co-opt local businesses to challenge each other and join in on the fun, and it was great to see a few familiar faces from the community join in.
The Bega team also held their Annual Awards Event on IDPWD, with a fabulous event at Club Bega to recognise and celebrate the achievements of people with disability in the areas of employment, independent living, community participation and advocacy. There were big smiles and whoops of joy as award recipients stepped up to the podium to have their achievements recognised with a certificate and gift.
Carers, employers and community partners were recognised for the part they play in supporting people with disability to achieve their dreams. The final award of the night was presented by our Patron Junee Waites OAM, to recognise a staff member for exceptional work.
“I talk to a lot of people, and I kept hearing this one name pop up again and again as someone who was always cheerful, thoughtful and a great ambassador for our organisation”, said Junee. It was a delight to present the Patrons Award to Amalia Plevey accompanied by lots of cheering and applause, confirming everyone agreed with her choice.
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