Celebrating an important day

ORGANISERS: Twins Cyanne and Zia Westerman are members of the Whyalla Youth Advisory Committee. Zia is an elected member for the City of Whyalla.
ORGANISERS: Twins Cyanne and Zia Westerman are members of the Whyalla Youth Advisory Committee. Zia is an elected member for the City of Whyalla.

Whyalla will be celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) with a fun day at Ada Ryan Gardens on Tuesday, December 3.

Youth disability advocates, and members of Whyalla Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), Zia and Cyanne Westerman have been working closely with Mission Australia's Senior Community Services Worker Mel Borlace to bring an event to the Whyalla Community to celebrate and acknowledge those living locally with disability.

Every year on December 3, people around the world take part in IDPwD. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of people with a disability and promote awareness, understanding and acceptance in the community.

Events around the country like Whyalla's, help to break down barriers for the 4.3 million Australian's living with disability and create a more inclusive community for all.

In the last two years the YAC has celebrated IDPwD with a special event:

  • 2017 saw the first Accessible Beach Day down at the Whyalla Foreshore
  • 2018 the YAC brought the Sit Down Shut Up and watch Festival to Whyalla, and hosted an accessible mosaic workshop in the MAC foyer

This year Mission Australia is taking the lead role, working with Zia and Cyanne to draw on their expertise in the creation of events for people living with disability.

The Whyalla IDPwD day will start at 11am on Tuesday, December 3 in the Ada Ryan Gardens with an open invite to those living with disability and their supporters.

The gardens will be transformed into a mini zoo where the crew from the Eyre Reptile Park will have an assortment of friendly critters on hand for those who would like to get up close and personal, for those not so excited by the prospect of getting up close and personal there will be other games and activities to keep them busy.

There is also the option to hangout in the Chillout Zone, relax and take in the attractive surroundings.

The YAC Shack will be on site with music, free drinks and popcorn, a sausage sizzle will be also be provided and cooked to perfection by the crew from Rotary.

A special guest will be attending the event, get your instant photo taken with him as a special souvenir of the day.

The YAC congratulates and thanks Mission Australia for taking the lead role in delivering this event to the community. More information can be obtained by calling Council Youth Development Officer Gail Rostig on 8640 3444.