Moree Secondary College’s Multipurpose Centre was bursting with festive cheer on Wednesday as people from around the region celebrated International Day of People with Disability with a Christmas Party.
About 150 people from various disability services and organisations from Moree, Narrabri, Wee Waa and Gunnedah attended the Christmas party, held on Wednesday, December 5.
Organised by Moree’s newly-formed Disability Network Group, the Christmas Party was an opportunity to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (marked internationally on December 3).
International Day of People with Disability aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions. The theme for this year is empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
Attendees at the Christmas party had a fantastic time participating in a range of fun activities, doing craft, playing carnival games and having their photos taken in a photo booth.
They also loved having their photos taken with firefighters from Moree Fire and Rescue and Harmony Beetle from Moree Community Library.
Santa Claus made a special appearance to hand out gifts to everyone who attended, despite being held up on the journey from the North Pole.
“He hit a few heat waves on the way; there was a warm thermal updraft so he’s cautiously approaching,” Moree Disability Network Group’s Byron Phillips said.
Mr Phillips was the day’s Master of Ceremonies and DJ, and had everyone up and dancing on the dancefloor throughout the event.
<p>The Multipurpose Centre was rocking today for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InternationalDayofPeoplewithDisability?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InternationalDayofPeoplewithDisability</a> Christmas Party 🎄🎅🏻 <a href="https://t.co/evZ8oAWODs">pic.twitter.com/evZ8oAWODs</a></p>— MoreeChampion (@MoreeChampion) <a href="https://twitter.com/MoreeChampion/status/1070144945749540864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 5, 2018</a>
There was also karaoke, and the screening of a number of short films, including one created by Moree’s I Ability Films.
Miyay Birray and Pius X Aboriginal Corporation donated the equipment for the speakers and mixer.
Students from Moree Secondary College and St Philomena’s also attended the event throughout the day to help with serving the meal.
There was also a performance from St Philomena’s student Demi Thorburn.
<p>Lachlan Gall sung karaoke while Sharni O’Neil and Greg Haddad had fun dancing along at the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InternationalDayofPeoplewithDisability?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InternationalDayofPeoplewithDisability</a> Christmas party. <a href="https://t.co/1LvPG95hS5">pic.twitter.com/1LvPG95hS5</a></p>— MoreeChampion (@MoreeChampion) <a href="https://twitter.com/MoreeChampion/status/1070155611915018240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 5, 2018</a>
Mr Phillips said it was a great day.
“Everyone had a lot of fun,” he said.
Each service involved in the Disability Network Group contributed to the non-funded event, while a number of local businesses also donated goods.