The achievements of those who work in and have experienced domestic violence, mental health, disability and community housing across the Northern Rivers were recognised at the 2019 Recognition Awards last night.
More than 100 people attended the event, which was hosted this year by local charity Momentum Collective.
The guest speaker was Matt Speakman, an inspiring sportsman who competes across multiple disciplines despite his disability.
‘One morning Mr Speakman signed a deal to compete on two wheels in the Australian 600 Super Sport Championship,’ Catherine Beadnell from the Momentum Collective said.
‘That evening, he was left paraplegic when a drunk driver knocked him off his road bike.
‘Matt’s spirit and ambitious nature were undaunted and his motorsport ambition returned, this time on four wheels.
‘Today Matt remains a sports fanatic, competing in racing, sailing, alpine, skiing, and kayaking events to inspire others.’
Among those recognised at the awards were four staff from Momentum Collective, and three of their clients who have overcome great adversity to succeed.