Disability day has splash and sizzle

FUN and water-splashing frivolity came with a serious message yesterday as part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with a Disability.

A water dunking machine and a sausage sizzle were busily operating in South West TAFE’s courtyard to mark the occasion, the first time the institution has staged such an event.

More than 80 people took part in yesterday’s barbecue lunch, which involved students, lecturers and carers.

South West TAFE disability support co-ordinator Bruce Dempsey said there had been strong interest in the lead-up to the event.

He said the international day recognised the achievements and struggles of people living with a disability.

“This is the 21st year of the actual international day but it’s the first time we’ve held a function that recognises the day here at TAFE,” Mr Dempsey said.

“International Day of People with a Disability is an opportunity for us to reflect on how people of all abilities participate in Australian life; whether that’s in the office, in community groups, in business or in sport.”

TAFE disability support worker David Hayes risked getting wet at the event, perched precariously on the dunking pool board.

“At least the sun’s out today,” he said. “The water will be warmer than what it would have been only a few days ago.”

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