The Beach Day Out is an annual event for Disability Action Week, and this year was held in Emu Park on the beach and at Bell Park. The event last Friday, the 16th of September, saw almost 3000 people come have a fun family day.
Every year, The Beach Day Out aims to provide an accessible, inclusive, fun day at the beach for the whole family, but also for those with a disability who may ordinarily have difficulties in accessing such an event. No one misses out at The Beach Day Out.
The inclusive event aims to promote positive attitudes, break down stereotypes, improve community support, provide information, highlight access issues across the region and provide a wide range of free inclusive activities.
Excelcare was there to support the community for Disability Action Week. Running a tie-dye bandana stall at The Beach Day Out and having a great day out. “The bandanas were great, something for everyone to take home from the day”, said Angela Hafner, Excelcare’s Disability Services Coordinator.
Other activities and stalls included accessible sand castling, hand cycling, horse riding for the disabled and petting zoo. There were also various craft stations available including face painting, make your own kite, bubbles, air brush tattoos and painting.
The Beach Day Out works hard to make sure that the event is accessible and inclusive. There was purpose built beach matting allowing for easier access, beach wheelchairs, floating beach wheelchairs and dedicated change facilities.
“It was so nice to see so many people participate in activities that they might not normally be able to”, said Angela Hafner.
The event also had a chill out zone for some quiet time, Auslan interpreters for stage, accessible inflatable amusements and access to kitchen facilities for specialised diet preparations as well as vegetarian and gluten free food options.
Further ensuring that no one misses out, The Beach Day Out committee fully funded Young’s Bus’ existing routes to Emu Park from Rockhampton and surrounds for those attending the event.
Among all of the activities, there was also great entertainment on the day. People enjoyed performances from Jeremy Marou, Chris Schick, Sophie Rose, Sha’Waza Belly Dancers and The Gurridalla Dancers. There were also a couple of guest speakers including Rockhampton local Paralympic swimmer Karni Liddell.
The Beach Day Out was a complete success and Excelcare is delighted and proud to have been a part of it. What a great way to celebrate Disability Action Week, hoping to be back bigger and better next year.