Coffs Coast celebrates people with disabilities
INTERNATIONAL Day of People with Disability was celebrated today with a sponge cake decorating competition and afternoon tea in Coffs Harbour.
The big bake off was hosted at the New Horizons' Business Service Centre where many talented people with disabilities tried their hand at cake decorating.
Plenty of colourful and elaborate cakes made the judging difficult but a winning team was crowned and awarded free movie tickets.
International Day of Disability is United Nations sanctioned day which aims to raise awareness about people with a disability and celebrate their contributions to the community.
The bake off worked well with this year's theme of inclusion and access to encourage communities around the world to acknowledge the achievements of people with disabilities and their potential to make great employees in the workplace.
New Horizon's business services manager, Anthony Marziano said the day was enjoyed by all and broadcast the message the the organisation is here supporting people with disabilities enhance their skills.
"The mood has been good, it lifted at around 12pm as the competition approached ... they've just loved it, and it got the community in here to mix," he said.
"The objective is to let the Coffs region know that we are here and that we can do things and we have people who can do things."
Mr Marzino also touched on 'invisible disability" which also inhibits people to live their fullest life.
"It's not the wheelchair or other visible things but he or she may have chronic back pain or diabetes, anything that prevents a person from doing their normal daily lives," he said.