NSW shows its appreciation for carers
15 October 2012
NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Andrew Constance today acknowledged the dedication and tireless work carers make to communities across the State at an awards ceremony at Parliament House.
Mr Constance said the NSW Carers Awards aim to raise awareness about the vital role carers play in the community.
"We owe carers a huge debt of gratitude for their selflessness in supporting people with disability, mental illness, chronic health conditions or people who are frail," Mr Constance said.
Maria Heaton from Pagewood has been named 2012 NSW Carer of the Year. She cares for her 16 year old son, Tristan, who was born with a rare brain disorder which results in physical and intellectual disabilities.
"For me caring for Tristan is both challenging and rewarding," Ms Heaton said.
"As a parent I will always do my best for my child but I can't do it on my own which is why the community is so important to me and so many other carers."
The NSW Carers Awards is held during NSW Carers Week, 14-20 October 2012.
12 'Highly Commended' Carer Awards were also presented to the following recipients:
Lisa Ashford-Potter from Woonona
Wendy Brown from Queanbeyan
Pamela Comerford from Charlestown
Tevita Mahe from Belfield
Ping Mu from Cherrybrook
Margot White from Broken Hill
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation from Miranda
Families Supporting Families from Newcastle
Korean Cockatoos from Drummoyne
Illawarra Shoalhaven Young Carers Network from the South Coast
Northern Kids Care - On Track Community Programs from Mid North Coast
Carers Awards will also be presented to 53 individual carers and 10 organisations in electorates across the state to celebrate 2012 NSW Carers Week.
Minister Constance has also marked NSW Carers Week by launching a new website - www.youngcarers.com.au.
"It is specifically designed as an information resource for professionals such as teachers and service providers and members of the community who may be in contact with young people who have caring roles," Mr Constance said.
"We want to ensure that young people receive the supports they need especially in relation to balancing their education and recreation with their responsibilities as a carer."
Ageing, Disability and Home Care provides funding to Carers NSW to enable carer support groups and organisations to run local events during NSW Carers Week.