Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Kayak for Kids – Paddling for children with disability

30 March 2014

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka will today fire the starting gun for Paralympians and more than 1,000 paddlers on Sydney Harbour for the seventh annual Lifestart Kayak for Kids to help raise funds for children with disability or delay.

“The NSW Government is proud to be supporting this exciting fundraising event that involves competitors paddling from Blues Point to Clontarf,” Minister Ajaka.

“In the current financial year we have provided more than $3 million to Lifestart to help children with disability access sporting, recreation and other mainstream events.

“I am honoured to have been invited to participate in this event today.

“Every child has the right to participate fully in their community and to have the same choices, opportunities and experiences as other children.”

The Chief Executive Officer for Lifestart, Suzanne Becker, said she was delighted Minister Ajaka was taking part in Kayak for Kids.

“The Minister is a great supporter of families and children living with disability and their right to live an ordinary life in our community, so it is wonderful to have him here,” Ms Becker said.

“Kayak for Kids is the perfect event for family, friends and workmates to admire the beauty of Sydney Harbour while supporting children with disability in our community.

“Our vision is for children with disability to feel empowered to participate meaningfully in their community.”

Lifestart provides early childhood intervention and school age services for young children with disability or delay and their families across the Sydney metropolitan area.

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