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Early November we bought you the story of the ‘Every Australian Counts cycling team’ as they prepared for the Financial Review Corporate Cycling Challenge at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria.
Held on Sunday the 18th of November, the team did an outstanding job as they finished first in the mixed team enthusiast category. Congratulations!
Formed to promote the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the team which boasted the support of Carlton Captain Chris Judd was led by CEO Paul Ostrowski from Care Connect.
On Thursday 1 November, despite the chilly Melbourne weather, the ‘Every Australian Counts’ cycling team, including Carlton Captain Chris Judd, pulled on their jerseys’ to show their support for the NDIS.
The Carlton legend said, “Cycling is the ‘new golf’ and I think what the ‘Every Australian Counts’ cycling team is doing is fantastic. Building public awareness about this vital health initiative is essential”.
The team of senior executives, led by Care Connect CEO, Paul Ostrowski will participate in the Financial Review Corporate Cycling Challenge on Sunday 18 November at Flemington Racecourse.
Care Connect, a community care provider in Victoria, New South Wales and Victoria put out the call to other community care sector leaders to join their CEO at the cycling challenge. Senior executives from Kalyna Care, UnitingCare Community Options, Mambourin, Annecto and Scope answered Mr Ostrowski’s call and will ride as a team, ‘Every Australian Counts’, to show their support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Australia Day is a terrific opportunity to talk to the community about making Every Australian Count. Whether you’re at the iconic bbq or fireworks gathering take along some sign up sheets and ask your mates and new found friends to sign up if they truly want to make every Australian count every day of the year. You’ll find the sign up sheets when you scroll down our resources page One of our supporters said she’s hosting an Aust Day dinner and wont let the guests eat till they’ve signed up!
The stars of the ABC’s hit music trivia show Spicks and Specks Myf Warhust and Alan Brough – along with comedian and Spicks and Specks guest Dave O’Neil - recently caught up with Rory and Rohan from rock group Rudely Interrupted at Melbourne’s Federation Square to talk about the importance of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Rudely Interrupted are huge supporters of the Every Australian Counts campaign for the NDIS and had no trouble converting the gang from Spicks and Specks to back this important cause.
Five of the six members of Rudely Interrupted have disabilities and they are a great example of how people with disabilities – with the right level of support – can realise their potential.
They have taken their music from Melbourne’s northern suburbs right around the world – even to the United Nations in New York. A NDIS will help many people with disabilities - like the gang from the Rudies – achieve their potential as well.
Queensland star Sam Thaiday’s tireless efforts to help close the gap on Indigenous health and youth issues has earned the Broncos captain-in-waiting the coveted 2011 Telstra Ken Stephen Medal at the NRL’s One Community Awards in Sydney tonight.
Thaiday, who was last month named to replace Darren Lockyer as Broncos captain in 2012, has been rewarded for his outstanding commitment to a wide range of community and charity activities in 2011, including his support of the Queensland health campaign “Deadly Ears”; Indigenous Family and Child Support Service; and Institute of Urban Indigenous Health.
The NRL Broncos and AFL Lions agree on one goal: to introduce the NDIS. Thanks to both teams for their support.
Brisbane Broncos 2012 captain Sam Thaiday and team mates Jack Reed, Andrew McCullough, Ben Hannant and Alex Glenn show their support for the NDIS.
and thanks Lions!
Brisbane Lions Andrew Raines, Matt Maguire, Jack Redden, Ash McGrath, Josh Drummond, Mitch Golby, Bryce Retzlaff, Daniel Rich, Patrick Karnezis and Daniel Merrett get Counted In.
Check out the attached video clip from the recent DisabiliTEA hosted by Moonya in Wonthaggi in southern Victoria.
The Moonya DisabiliTEA was a star studded affair, with guest appearances from Packed to the Rafters star Angus McLaren and Olympian Linda Ryan – whose presence may have inspired the tailor made ‘green and gold’ campaign tee shirts amongst the crowd!
Over 300 people enjoyed the carnival type atmosphere, complete with musicians, face painters and jumping castles.
The Every Australian Counts campaign is thrilled to announce that the Western Bulldogs Football Club – the community club of the AFL – has joined the campaign as a formal supporter.
The Western Bulldogs are well known across Melbourne for their community programs which are making a real difference to the lives of marginalised and vulnerable people throughout Melbourne’s western suburbs, including many people with disabilities.
The Bulldogs also support in their workforce people with disabilities, including Joe Ferguson who works as a property steward down at the Club’s headquarters at Whitten Oval in West Footscray. Joe is a valued member of the Bulldogs workforce and a great example of how organisations can support people with disabilities in the workplace.
Joe is pictured (right) with Bulldogs gun Justin Sherman after a recent training session.
The Every Australian Counts campaign is thrilled to announce that Netball Victoria and the mighty Melbourne Vixens netball team have joined the campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
In announcing the partnership at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Parkville, the Victorian Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge MP displayed her netball skills with Vixens stars Tegan Caldwell and Kate Beveridge and local All Abilities players Robert and Prue Corfe.
The Victorian of the Year for 2011 Father Bob Maguire has backed the campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, urging all Australians to support a better deal for people with disabilities to ensure that Every Australian Counts!
Father Bob has been the parish priest at St Peter and Paul’s Church in South Melbourne since 1973. His tireless work for vulnerable, poor and needy Victorians over many years was recognised in his appointment as Victorian of the Year for 2011. This follows Father Bob being awarded an Order of Australia for his work back in 1989.
Father Bob is an inspirational person whose very visible commitment to social justice means that he is able to keep issues of poverty, fairness and equity on the public agenda, never far from the attention of the media and politicians.
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- Geelong is in for a double delight as two NDIS forums are held on February 8, 2013! Register today!
- Expert disability panel to discuss NDIS – Frankston – 5 December
- Upcoming NDIS forum in Benalla:15 November
- Rob Mitchell MP and Senator McLucas host NDIS forum in Seymour
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- Senator Mclucas invites you to talk about the NDIS in Brand
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- Meanwhile in WA… 16 May, 2013
- PM on WA & the NDIS 28 March, 2013
- NDIS Legislation Eclipse 22 March, 2013
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- Premier Barnett on the NDIS & COAG 5 December, 2012
- Excellence in Disability Reform -Samantha Jenkinson in her own words 29 November, 2012
- Asking our MPS to stand and deliver 26 November, 2012
- Media Release: CAMPAIGN REJECTS NDIS COST SCAREMONGERING 15 November, 2012