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‘Like everyone else’

There are no boundaries. Everyone can take part in society.

That was the fundamental message at the Day of Persons with Disabilities information and fun event at The Warehouse yesterday.

The event, co-ordinated by CCS Disability Action, involved the community of providers and people with disabilities.

“It’s about participation and leadership, which is the theme in 2019, said Katie Mackey, CCS Disability Action service manager.

“We are showing the community that people who have a disability have just as much right as others to be out showing their leadership skills.

“Disabled people are like everyone else.”

Participating providers included Te Hapori Disability Trust, Life Unlimited, Gisborne-East Coast Cancer Society, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Tairawhiti Community Voice, Parafed Gisborne- Tairawhiti, ACC, New Zealand Family Planning, St John Medical Alarms and Barnardos.

Vehicles were on hand from Sunshine Buses and Scotty’s Transport Solutions.

Walton Mathieson told the Herald he used Sunshine Buses often.

“They are very reliable,’’ he said

Entertainment included games, bounce-a-castle, and free raffles and barbecue food. Huggles the horse was also present.

International Day of People with Disabilities has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992, with the aim of promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development..

The event will be held in Gisborne again next year, said Ms Mackey.

FUN DAY: Supporting the International Day of Persons with Disabilities information and fun day at The Warehouse yesterday are, back row (from left): Rayleen Wright and Rachel Lodewyk of CCS Disability Action, Wendy Miller of Barnardos and Violence Free Tairawhiti Network, Cheryl Scott and Alicia Richardson-Marr of Life Unlimited, Christie Drake of ACC, Liz Graham of St John Medical Alarms, Alice Kibble of Tairawhiti Community Voice and Katie Mackey of CCS Disability Action. Front are Tralee Butler of Te Hapori Disability Trust, Huggles the Horse and Walton Mathieson. Pictures by Liam Clayton
PLAY BALL: Dasharn Tata (left) and Levi Soto race each other to the basket during International Day of Persons with Disabilities activities at the Warehouse yesterday.