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Nominations about to close for NSW Carers Awards

20 July 2011



Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has reminded people across NSW that nominations close on Friday for the NSW Carers Awards.

“There are just two days left to get your nominations in, before the winners are announced in October,” Mr Constance said.

The Carers Awards recognise the valuable support people of all ages give to people with a disability, those with chronic health issues or the elderly.

“There are 748,000 carers in NSW, and it has been estimated that if their work was quantified it would come to over $10 billion a year,” Mr Constance said.

“The hard work of carers often goes unnoticed, but this is one way for the community to recognise the incredible sacrifices they make.”

Nominations for the awards, held in partnership with Carers NSW, close on Friday 22 July 2011.

There will be 152 awards, one for each local government area in the state.

Nominations could include people or organisations in any one of eight categories including: Young Carer, Carer Support Group, Senior Carer, Caring Partner, Carer-Friendly Workplace, Caring Family or Parent, Caring Volunteer or Community Member, and Caring School.

A carer from each of the eight categories will be invited to attend a ceremony at Parliament House in October where they’ll be presented with their Carers Award.

The NSW Carer of the Year will also be announced during the ceremony.

Recipients will also receive a small cash award to acknowledge the important contribution they make in their community, and each local council will receive support with running a presentation ceremony during Carers Week (16-22 October).

Nominations can be lodged at www.adhc.nsw.gov.au

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