Singleton celebrates International Day for People with a Disability

MORE than 80 residents came together for a very country celebration of people of all abilities as Singleton marked the International Day for People with a Disability on Saturday night.

Organised by Singleton Council’s Disability Access Committee working group and supported by Hunter Valley Operations, Arts Upper Hunter and Club Singleton, the evening went off with a twang with dinner, bush dancing and music proving to be a winning combination.

Among the guests were the clients and families of Challenge Community Services, Witmore Enterprises, Samaritans, Mosaic Therapy and supports, NDIA and Ability Links.

Witmore day choices manager Rachel Baigent said it was a great occasion for people of all abilities to come together for a night of fun and entertainment.

The Disability Access Committee also paid tribute to Witmore support worker Kellie Clarkson for decorating the venue to suit the country theme.

“It was wonderful to see services in the Hunter come together to celebrate International Day For People With A Disability – the smiles on the participants’ faces as we danced the night away was priceless,” Ms Baigent said.

“It’s also fantastic to be able to see participants have the opportunity to socialise with one another.”

Guest and Witmore participant Nathan Bitschkat summed up the dance as “a good night, very country”.

Based on the success of the evening, preparations are already underway for International Day for People with a Disability to be an annual highlight on the community’s social calendar.