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Northcott News

Issue 4, November 2012

A huge success thanks to you For the third consecutive year, the support has been overwhelming for Northcott’s Walk With Me events, thanks to people like you. Part of a national initiative for social inclusion, Northcott hosted four events in NSW in 2012 to spread the message: see ME, not my disability! Moree, Wagga Wagga, Parramatta and Dubbo brought Walk With Me to life on every Friday of September this year, with individuals and teams in each region walking alongside the clients Northcott supports, getting to know more about their abilities while breaking down the barriers and common stereotypes that surround disability. Each walk was unique and a show of force in each community, with hundreds rallying together to raise great awareness and acceptance in locations across the state. There were activities and entertainment for people of all ages and abilities too, with petting zoos and local entertainment amongst the favourites. Almost 16,000 people attended events across NSW and close to $65,000 was raised! All funds raised in each region will stay locally to support people with disabilities and their families in the local community. All money raised from Walk With Me will go towards funding Northcott’s respite services across the state, which provides children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy various activities with peers in a similar situation, while their carers experience a break from their demanding role “Walk With Me is a wonderful way to promote an inclusive society, which really reflects the purpose behind Northcott’s existence. To spend time and even form a friendship with someone living with a disability will go a long way in breaking down barriers and misconceptions,” said Kerry Stubbs, CEO of Northcott Disability Services.

The crowds across the state at Walk with Me 2012

A huge thank you to Northcott’s clients, families, staff and supporters like you, and to all of the communities for embracing Walk With Me this year! Keep an eye out as we return for Walk With Me 2013 in Moree, Wagga Wagga, Parramatta and Dubbo. We will also be introducing the event in Queanbeyan, Newcastle and Tamworth.

Message from the CEO

provision of services to people with a disability in Australia that we have yet seen, if it all happens. It is both exciting, and also a little frightening, as the unknown often is. Northcott is in a good situation, both institutionally and financially, with great staff, good systems, a committed and competent Board, and the support of a strong community of donors, clients, and other friends. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead.

Dear Northcott Friends As I write this we are approaching our Annual General Meeting, where we report to our members on what has happened in the last 12 months. It is an important occasion for us all, and I always find it a useful time to reflect on the past, and plan for the future. These days I often think about those initial founders of Northcott, or the NSW Society for Crippled Children, as it was then. I imagine they faced the future with both hope and trepidation. They had an amount of money gathered from the good people of Sydney at a time of great disruption and dismay in the world (the stock market crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression). They had an enormous task in front of them – to assist the children suffering from the effects of polio and tuberculosis to join society and take their place as full citizens of the community. And, no doubt, they had great dreams and aspirations for those children. They must have been both excited and a little scared about what might happen. I think we are in a very similar place today. We stand on the brink of the greatest changes in the

Here’s to you!

At the moment we are redesigning the organisation to ensure it can deliver the services that clients will want under the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is important to note that even under the NDIS, Northcott will continue to need this community support as there will be services not covered. Therefore, the need for donations and support from the community will continue to be essential in meeting clients’ needs. We are investing in new ideas, improved systems, better evidence and research. We do all of this with the support of our community. The first trial sites for the new scheme start in July 2013 – less than 12 months away. We will see how much more we need to do once these trials begin. We intend to keep you informed. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. Thank you

Kerry Stubbs Chief Executive Officer

we like to recognise the generosity of all our payroll giving corporates, so here’s to you!

• Allens

• University of Western Sydney

• AMC Commercial Cleaning

• Veolia Transport NSW Pty Ltd

• Anzpac Services

• Westfield Auto Body Repairs

• Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd • British American Tobacco Australia • King & Wood Mallesons • Management Consultancy International • Nestle Australia • Sydney Water

We would also like to thank everyone who gave generously to our Tax Appeal, raising money for Northcott’s Computer Assistive Technology Service (CATS). $100,000 was raised! And thank you to everyone who supported Walk With Me this year!

Your chance to help them achieve their personal best Sport and recreation is a celebrated culture in Australia, but one that is often taken for granted and thought of as “just a bit of fun”. But there’s much more to it than that!

Northcott’s Recreation service clients Chithic Machar, Jacob Cross & Kristy Pond

“Yes Recreation is fun and the participants have a good time, but the real reason that it’s such a vital service is it allows people with disabilities like me to develop as a person, and to discover new things about themselves in a safe but fun environment,” shared Jacob Cross, a client of Northcott’s Recreation service and member of the Australian Poweroos Powerchair Football team.

Chithic has benefited so much from these events that he has his eyes set on the 2016 Paralympic Team so watch out for him in Rio!

“You have to meet new people and do things on your own without your parents or carers around which doesn’t happen very often if you have a disability. That can be huge for a lot of people like me. You really grow as a person and you learn to be the best that you can be – how can that not be vital for everyone?”

“I will always remember the humble, fun beginnings I had at Northcott carnivals and I’m very grateful to have had that opportunity to start off my athletics career at the sporting carnivals. It was awesome going to London and competing at the Paralympics this year. I will never forget the whole experience.’’

That is what our Summer Appeal is all about – the importance of supporting people with disabilities to realise and achieve their personal bests, whether this be on the sporting field or even with friends in a social setting.

Jacob, Chithic and Kristy are all shining examples of what can be achieved after realising your personal best.

Northcott’s Recreation Service supports children and adults with disabilities across NSW and the ACT to reach their personal bests through gaining access to a variety of recreational and sporting activities of their choice, from outings and camps, through to Northcott’s interschool sporting carnivals that are completely funded using donations from supporters like you. For 11-year-old Chithic Machar, who lives with spina bifida, Northcott’s sporting carnivals are “awesome and great fun” but they have also been life-changing, as Chithic’s mum Mary explains: “Chithic has attended several of Northcott’s sporting carnivals, something which he never had the chance to do before. Taking part in these carnivals and doing well was a huge boost to Chithic’s self-esteem, but he has also had the chance to make friends with other children in a similar situation. ”

A Northcott client who knows all too well the Paralympic feeling is 15-year-old Kristy Pond, who lives with cerebral palsy and competed in wheelchair track racing at the 2012 London Paralympics.

By donating to our Summer Appeal, you can help us to continue to reach out to Jacob, Chithic, Kristy and many of the other thousands of individuals and families we support to help them achieve their personal best.

How you CaN Make your kIND aND geNerouS DoNaTIoN: online – visit and click on ‘Donate Now’ Phone – 02 9890 0132 and our Donor Care team will be able to take your donation over the phone Mail – fill in the enclosed donation form and return it to us using the enclosed reply paid envelope

Your Paralympic difference In the last issue of Northcott News, we were gearing up for the 2012 London Paralympics. Now that it’s over, I’m sure you’ve heard all of the praise for London and particularly our Australian Paralympic team. In the spirit of the games, we thought we’d share the thoughts of one of three Northcott clients, whom through your donations; have been able to participate and experience the Paralympics. “London was an amazing journey; to compete in front of 80,000 people showed me that the general public are accepting of athletes with disabilities,” shared Kristy Pond, who competed in the 100m and 200m wheelchair track racing in the cerebral palsy class. “But, it must be remembered that not all people living with a disability strive to compete at this level. Yet all people with a disability need some level of support, which Northcott can provide.”

Sports Carnivals throughout primary and high school, the same carnivals that each year are only made possible thanks to support from people like you. Northcott is proud of having been a part of Kristy’s journey, and her role in Australia’s most successful Paralympic team in 16 years, having captured 85 medals, including 32 gold. However, we could not have been a part of this without you. Kristy’s journey is the perfect example of why you should never underestimate the far-reaching impact of your support.

Kristy gets into the Olympic spirit

Kristy has had a long-standing relationship with Northcott, having competed in our specially adapted Interschool

Celebrate with us! Monday, 3 December marks International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD). A United Nations mandated day held annually, IDPWD is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the talents of people with disabilities, while also promoting an understanding of people with disability. Each year, the NSW Government runs the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign to celebrate the annual event and we’re excited to announce that we have three individuals who have been and are currently supported by Northcott as part of this state-wide initiative. Congratulations to Hannen Abdallah (former Jobmatch client), Hayley Bellamy (former Dubbo client) and Quang Nguyen (current Northcott client

who accesses a number of programs), who have been appointed among this year’s Don’t DIS my ABILITY Ambassadors. They will be representing and advocating for people with disabilities across the state at various events and in the media. We’ll keep you posted about their experiences, so make sure to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. Northcott will once again be hosting a range of activities across NSW in the lead up to IDPWD. Teams across our 14 offices are hard at work planning for local events featuring performances and talks by clients, information stalls, demonstrations of achievement, and other themed community events. For more information on Northcott events and many others to be hosted across the nation you can visit

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Watch them SHINE!

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Clients from our Community Participation Program (CPP) in Parramatta are inviting you to a very special night. To mark International Day of People with Disability on Monday 3 December, clients from CPP will be hosting a SHINE showcase at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta.

It was great to hear from so many of Northcott’s supporters in the survey we sent in our last edition of Northcott News, thank you.

SHINE is a project that demonstrates the very essence of Northcott and what you are helping us to build. It’s all about celebrating ability over disability. It uses the medium of art to relate to people and aims to promote an inclusive society where people of all abilities can be celebrated. Northcott’s CP Programs cover a wide variety of activities such as music programs, community outings, and skills development. The programs are modelled around choice and empowering people with disabilities to live the lives they choose. The SHINE showcase will be a unique opportunity to experience first-hand what our CP Programs are all about, from the perspective of those who use the service. Tickets are on sale now! Don’t miss out, go to www., click ‘Book a ticket online’ and select ‘Shine 2012’. See you there!

Just as all of us here at Northcott are committed to being person centred with the individuals and families we support, ensuring they have more choice and opportunity in the ways they use our services, we want to make sure our supporters have this same experience too. That is why we will use the feedback you have kindly taken the time to provide to shape Northcott’s future and the ways in which we reach out to you. From all of us here, thank you.

DID you kNow? 73% of people who responded to the survey know someone with a disability, and of those people it was mainly a friend that had a disability. 65% of supporters who responded were aware of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We will make sure that over the coming months we give people more information on this important issue.

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Northcott’s 17th ANNuAl

What: Northcott’s 17th Annual Cricket Legends Lunch Date: Friday, 15 February 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that our upcoming 17th Annual Cricket Legends Lunch will, for the first time, be held at the home of cricket in NSW, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The iconic Lunch will feature firstclass commentary by cricket legends and players alike, with ABC radio personality Adam Spencer acting as umpire and Master of Ceremonies. All guests will have the unique opportunity to enjoy pre-drinks in an exclusive location at the SCG, before the iconic Lunch kicks off in the Steve Waugh Room at 1pm. All proceeds raised from the event will go towards Northcott’s Recreation service, which each year provides hundreds of children and adults living with a physical disability with the opportunity to participate in sporting and social based activities of their choice.

time: 12:00pm Drinks in Members Pavilion 1:00pm Lunch Steve Waugh Room 4.00pm Stumps Where: Steve Waugh Room Sydney Cricket Ground tickets: Early bird until 31 December 2012 Individual - $220.00 inc. GST ($110.00 tax deductible) Table of 10 - $2,200.00 inc. GST ($1,100.00 tax deductible) From 1 January 2013 Individual - $249.00 inc. GST ($139.00 tax deductible) Table of 10 - $2,490.00 inc. GST ($1,390.00 tax deductible) Book now:

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Northcott News 2012 Issue 4  

Northcott News 2012 Issue 4

Northcott News 2012 Issue 4  

Northcott News 2012 Issue 4