Central Coast children with disabilities and their families were recently treated to an outdoor movie night at Henry Kendall High School in Gosford.
The night was made possible through a community partnership involving Central Coast Highway contractor Seymour Whyte, the Cerebral Palsy League and Northcott Disability Centre.
The three organisations have collaborated on Cerebral Palsy League’s ‘Metal for Mobility’ program which uses the sale of scrap metal from Seymour Whyte’s Central Coast Highway upgrade in West Gosford to fund community projects for local children with disabilities.
“This is a great example of a collaborative program which has a really positive impact on local families and individuals living with cerebral palsy and related physical disabilities,” Seymour Whyte project manager Brad Binns said. “The program is straight forward, easy to implement and achieves amazing outcomes,” Cerebral Palsy League CEO Angela Tillmanns said.
“It is also an opportunity to engage staff and promote environmental sustainability through metal recycling, while supporting people with disabilities to live the life they choose,” Ms Tillmanns said.
The Central Coast Mariners were among a number of community groups in attendance at the event, with wheelchair sports demonstrations and food stalls also featuring on the night.
“The event gave local families the opportunity to meet each other and discuss their own experiences of raising children with disabilities,” Northcott’s area manager for the Central Coast, Alison Newman said.
“These types of events often result in families developing friendships and they become a source of informal support for one another. The event also coincided with social inclusion week which aims to ensure that all Australians feel included and valued.
Email, Dec 14, 2015
Claire Absolum, Northcott