Time to spread the message

October 13, 2017

Verney Road School students Zahra Al Hindawi and Christy Carter ahead of the pack during a walk around the lake.

Anita Pirie, Kate Wellfare and Mathilda James from Shepparton Access at Walk for Your Rights, Your Voice this week.

Chevaun Edwards and Brad Durston from Shepparton Access walk around the lake before enjoying a barbecue lunch.

Luke Vincitorio, Athena Papadatos and peer adviser Linda Pettinella leading the charge at the lake on Tuesday.

More than 60 people — carers, people with a disability and their friends and family — attended an event at Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake this week.

Walk for Your Rights, Your Voice promotes the need for people with a disability to know their rights and feel empowered to stand up when needed and be heard.

‘‘We had people from Alexandra, Bendigo and local from Shepparton Access and Connect GV,’’ Rights Information Advocacy Centre advocate Tanya Harding said.

‘‘It was good to see everyone relaxed and having a good time ... people really understood why they were there.’’

RIAC is a free, confidential and independent service providing information and advocacy to people with all types of disabilities, their families and carers.

‘‘The event was about saying to organisations, departments and services that hey, we are here trying to empower people,’’ Mrs Harding said.

‘‘We are here as a service to assist ... just because people have a voice it doesn’t mean they are being heard.’’

Mrs Harding thanked Coles, which helped with the barbecue, and media representatives who attended.

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