Community Movie Night Raises Awareness for Disabilities

Posted on: Sunday, 1 January 2017 at 2:17:12 PM

Over 200 people attended Hedland’s Disability Awareness Movie Night on December 4 in Shay Gap Memorial Park.


It was an excellent evening for all who attended, being both free and inclusive.

Before the sunset screening of Gnomeo and Juliet people could have a go at wheelchair basketball, enjoy a  sausage sizzle, fruit and water, have their face-painted, check out the agency stalls, and relax or play in the park. There was also great music being played, and a surprise fire truck appearance with a lolly scramble for the kids.

A couple of "Focus on Ability" short films were  shown before the main feature to help set the scene of the night, as a Disability Awareness Week event. These included “Seeing Shai” and “Breaking Down Barriers”.

The success of the event can be attributed to the combined effort of EPIC, Wirraka Maya Health Service, Lifestyle Solutions, Town of Port Hedland, the Disability Services Commission, Galaxy Promotions, and Hedland Community Living Association. We would also like to thank IBN,  South Hedland Fire & Rescue Service, Onsite Rental Group and Cleanaway for their support.

The movie night will be held again next year, on December 3, coinciding with the International Day of People with a Disability.


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