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Disability Day celebrated at Lismore’s new ‘heart’

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Today’s celebration – which is the 25th anniversary of the day – will feature a community picnic which kicks off at 11am in the quadrangle, bringing together disabled people, their carers and families, and the various groups within the community that support them.

There will be  live performances, street art, dance workshops, face painting and much more.

Southern Cross University’s School of Health and Human Sciences students and staff will also be on hand to offer free health checks and the Local Area Coordinators will be there to answer any NDIS questions.

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a broad section of the community.

‘I came down late Saturday night to Artstate and had so many people coming up and saying how fantastic the site was … it shows the fantastic spirit of Lismore.’

Multitask program facilitator Eli Partridge also praised the quadrangle as great place.

‘It’s a really accessible space and a good location for everyone to come together, from all different organisations and the general public, to celebrate as a community.

Mr Partridge said today’s celebration, which run from 11am to 2pm, would feature performances from artists including Mocri$, Blue Cheese and the Middle of the Road, and Blakboi.

‘There will be live Zumba demonstrations, art and street art workshops … the regional library is holding workshops and the local NDIS coordinators will be faceprinting,’ he said.

 


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