Celebrating Australia's carers
LAST UPDATED // Sunday, 13 October 2013 22:50 Written by // Cec Busby
SYDNEY: Martin Place will come alive with stalls, workshops and fun festivities on Tuesday, October 15 as the City of Sydney, Carers NSW, Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group and NSW Family and Community Services join together to pay tribute to the nation’s carers for National Carers Day with Carers Day Out.
City of Sydney social policy officer Jackie Campisi said the purpose of the day is to recognise the tireless contribution made by carers as well as focus on a few fun ways to give back to these often undervalued community members.
“We are acknowledging all the wonderful work that unpaid carers do throughout the year,” Campisi said. “There are two and a half million carers around Australia, looking after loved ones and we want to acknowledge the work they do which often goes unrecognised and give them an opportunity to take a break as well.”
Campisi said there will be some fantastic workshops on the day – including laughter workshops, tea ceremonies and sustainable gardening – all free.
“Plus there will be free entertainment and 25 different service providers with stalls which will tell people where they can go to get information and support.”
Among them will be ACON and CSN, a group that provides home-based care to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Campisi encourages people to come along. “You don’t need to register, everything is free – we even have a free sausage sizzle!”
[Pictured] City of Sydney’s GLBTI Project Coordinator Pip Ditzell and social policy officer Jackie Campisi get set to celebrate Carers Day Out. Photo: Cec Busby
Carers Day Out is on Tuesday, October 15, at Martin Place, Sydney from 8am-2pm.