City celebrates ability

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph

The City of Rockingham celebrated the International Day of People with Disability last Thursday, with a special Celebrate Ability event at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

Hundreds attended the celebrations, which were highlighted by live entertainment from local schools and groups, including students from Warnbro Community High School Education Support Centre.

A silent disco, fun photo booth, slot-car racing, reptile exhibition as well sports and crafts and the chance to feed a pony from Peel Riding for the Disabled were also among the highlights.

Mayor Barry Sammels said Celebrate ability was one of the most important days on the City’s calendar.

“Since its introduction, this event has had huge appeal to people with a disability and their families and carers as well for the wider community,” Mr Sammels said.

“One of the most rewarding aspects about the local Celebrate Ability event has been the way our young people, through the schools, have embraced the concept and play a key role in providing entertainment.

“Apart from being great fun for participants, this event focuses on inclusivity and helps to strengthen networks in our community.”

The Celebrate Ability event looks to increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities and to celebrate their contribution to the community.

The City also hosted a number of other events to mark IDOPWD, including an art exhibition at the Rockingham Central Library and a talk from traveller James Davies at Warnbro Library on Friday.

Wanrbro Community High School Education Support Centre students Britney Dix (16), Tayla Watson (16), Keanan Bailey (15).
Camera IconWanrbro Community High School Education Support Centre students Britney Dix (16), Tayla Watson (16), Keanan Bailey (15). Credit: Pictures: Aiden Boyham, Aiden Boyham
Wayne Coombs, Roz Uren and Toni Donnelly from Greyhound Adoptions WA.
Camera IconWayne Coombs, Roz Uren and Toni Donnelly from Greyhound Adoptions WA. Credit: Pictures: Aiden Boyham, Aiden Boyham
Jan Pascall (Lions Club of Rockigham) with city of Rockingham councillors Matt Whitfield and Andrew Burns.
Camera IconJan Pascall (Lions Club of Rockigham) with city of Rockingham councillors Matt Whitfield and Andrew Burns. Credit: Aiden Boyham
Dahlia Byrne and Ann Bowker from Karina.
Camera IconDahlia Byrne and Ann Bowker from Karina. Credit: Pictures: Aiden Boyham, Aiden Boyham

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