International Day of People with Disability Celebrations Launceston 2010

Date posted: 
5 January 2011

On 3 December every year International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated worldwide recognising the achievements and contributions of people with disability. The day aims to promote the diversity and talents of people with disability and encourages positive community awareness. 

This year the National Disability Co-ordination Officers program Launceston in conjunction with Unigym and Speakout hosted an IDPwD celebration with the help of students from Newstead College.  There were lots in attendance with students from a variety of schools across Launceston as well as people from the general community.

Activities were held in and around the Unigym starting with a Welcome to Country by Aboriginal Elder Nola Hooper and followed by opening speeches from Deputy Mayor and Alderman Frank Nott and Melissa Carlton (OAM).

Celebrations were made festive with art installations by Interweave and music played by Newstead students and Band "The Thieves".

Norland from Flying Fox Circus had the crowd juggling, riding a unicycle and learning the tricks of the trade. Whilst participants had fun, the crowd had just as much fun watching.

The Uni Sports Ability Hub was a focus of the day with games like Boccia, Table cricket and Goalball played and enjoyed by those involved.

Zumba was also a real hit with over 40 people involved in one session alone and lots of laughter and comments from participants about how much fun it was.

In all, the day brought together people from all sorts of backgrounds to celebrate what makes us all who we are without judgement. There was lots of activity, lots of laughter and a real appreciation for getting out and "having a go".

By Jodie Jacobs