Big Day Out for Carers
16 October 2012
NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, today paid tribute to the 850,000 carers in NSW at a free event at Martin Place for 2012 National Carers Week (14-20 October).
"National Carers Day Out is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate those that give their time, energy and love to relatives or friends who need it."
This year's theme for Carers Week is Be Care Aware.
"It highlights the fact that carers never stop caring, and they need a break and support to keep up their caring role," said Elena Katrakis, Carers NSW CEO.
"We are calling on the community to learn more about unpaid carers - who they are, what they do and how they can be supported. We encourage you to Be Care Aware and celebrate carers with us this week."
National Carer's Day Out includes live performances on stage by:
- Thelma Plum - winner of the 2012 Sydney Opera House Deadly Award, and Triple J's Unearthed National Indigenous Music Award
- The Green Hand Band
- Urban Zanadth Kes dance group
- Care Free Choir
- Darlington School Performers.
There will be information stalls and a sausage sizzle from 11.30am.
This event is free and is open to carers, their families and friends, and the general public.
Over 340 local events funded by the Department of Family and Community Services will be held across NSW during Carer's Week.