Diverse abilities build a richer community
ONE in five Queenslanders have a disability of some kind and this week is all about recognising those people and celebrating their contribution to the community.
Tomorrow marks the first day of Disability Action Week activities around the Central Highlands, a week that encourages positive attitudes towards people with a disability and promotes improved access to the wider community.
The Disability Action Week group has been working hard to put together a week jam packed with fun activities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in.
Emerald will even see the likes of a MasterChef celebrity in town for the event, with John Hughes making a special appearance throughout the week.
John, who revealed he had cerebral palsy on MasterChef, has certainly proven his disability has never stopped him from succeeding in life and reaching his goals.
Monica Sidhu from Central Families Support said while this week might be the start of Disability Action Week, she believed people with disabilities should be recognised and celebrated every week.
"Our staff work hard every day to make sure that's what we do and that's what our community does," she said.
"We see that we are adding value to the community by ensuring that people with disabilities are given the opportunity to participate wherever and whenever they want to."
The biggest celebration will be held on Monday at the Emerald PCYC with the Sports and More Celebration Day.
Open to all ages and abilities, the day will kick off at 10am and include graffiti artist sessions, kitchen wizard competitions, health checks, sports ability games, a sausage sizzle, head and shoulder massages, a celebrity mystery box cook-off and lucky door prizes.
Schedule of events
Tomorrow - Meet and greet John Hughes
Coles Shopping Centre, 11am
Wine and cheese evening with John Hughes
CHRC Art Gallery, 6pm to 8pm
Sunday - Lunch with John Hughes
Pats Gems, Gemfields
Monday - DAW Celebration Day
Emerald PCYC, 10am to 3pm
Tuesday - Spraycan Art DAW Banner Spare allotment on Egerton St between Westpac and the post office from 11am to 2pm
Thursday - Under school age children's activities
Emerald Library, 10.30am to 11.30am