ST GEORGE AREA CELEBRATES CARERS WEEK

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP today joined with Minister for Ageing and Disability Services in celebrating National Carers Week which runs from Sunday 11 October to Saturday 17 October.

Carers in the St George area can enjoy some time out in October, with a number of local events being held to mark National Carers Week.

Mr Coure encouraged carers in the area to take the opportunity for a well-deserved break this Carers Week.

“The contribution our carers make to the lives of their loved ones and our community as a whole is invaluable and I encourage them to take time out and enjoy some local activities with other carers,” Mr Coure said.

Mr Coure, who sponsors the annual St George Community Awards also invited people to nominate carers for an award. The 2015 awards will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, 12 November at Club Central.

“The St George Community Awards are a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate the great work done in in the St George community, and I especially invite people to nominate for an award those who care for family members. Theirs is such a vital work and it is important that they get the recognition they deserve,” Mr Coure said.

There are also a number of events being held including a Carer Information Session and morning tea at St George Hospital on Thursday 15th October.

National Carers Week is an annual event held across the country to celebrate and acknowledge this contribution. The NSW Government funds local Carers Week events to give carers an opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves, while connecting with other carers.

There are almost three hundred Carers Week events planned in NSW, including barbeques, picnics, day-trips and wellbeing activities. For more information and a calendar of events visit www.carersnsw.org.au/NationalCarersWeek2015.

The NSW Government recently launched a campaign running in print and online media throughout October to raise community awareness of the important contribution unpaid carers make. For more information visit www.careforacarer.nsw.gov.au.