Gold medallist wheelchair rugby Paralympian Rylee Batt was happy to see the event had grown at We Care Day in Coffs Harbour on Saturday, October 8.
Gold medallist wheelchair rugby Paralympian Rylee Batt was happy to see the event had grown at We Care Day in Coffs Harbour on Saturday, October 8. Keagan Elder

Community rallies to raise awareness and celebrate diversity

WE CARE Day melted away preconceptions and got people of all abilities mingling in a celebration of inclusion and diversity.

Now in its fourth year, We Care Day event producer Paula Dowd said it had been the biggest festival yet.

"We believe it may be the only all-inclusive community event left on the Mid North Coast now," she said.

The festival featured stalls from different local support groups, food vendors from a whole host of cultures, sporting heroes and plenty of performances on the main stage.

"This year's program was the most diverse," Ms Dowd said.

Ms Dowd said purpose of We Care Day was to celebrate and recognise that people of all ages, abilities and cultures shape the community we live in.

"Everyone has different talents and abilities and today we have seen people of all backgrounds come together to participate in another successful event."

"We Care Day is not about fundraising, it's about encouraging an inclusive Coffs Coast."

Gold medallist wheelchair rugby Paralympian Ryley Batt was a hit on the Wheelchair Sports stage, spending all day playing with the kids who came to the "come & try" zone.

"This has been an amazing day, it has been great to get amongst and play a few games with the local kids. They have been awesome. I hope to see you all again in 2017," he said.



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