COMMUNITY SUPPORT: CQUniversity Options Day working party member Lindy Smith and Rebecca Markwell, who is completing subjects at Shalom College to gain an OP.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: CQUniversity Options Day working party member Lindy Smith and Rebecca Markwell, who is completing subjects at Shalom College to gain an OP. Mike Knott BUNOPTIONS

Options Day opens new doors for school leavers

REBECCA Markwell was born with a vision impairment called Cerebellar Ataxia, but that has never stopped the Year 12 Shalom College student from achieving her dreams.

The current Queensland Schools Adaptive Rowing titleholder is planning on attending university next year to study law and will be checking out what other pathways in the region are available for her at Options Day on September 10.

"I plan on studying law next year because I have always been so interested in the subject. I find the whole process fascinating - to see how everything fits," she said.

Options Day is a free, not-for-profit community event co-ordinated by a working party made up of eight organisations and held on the university grounds.

This year, it will be held in conjunction with R U OK Day, which is aimed at preventing suicide.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the annual event was a great opportunity for people with disability, families and friends to participate in fun activities and access helpful information.

"Often, people with a disability don't feel as though they have the support of their community and Options Day brings together the community to show that we care," he said.

Tom Quinn Community Centre and Options Day Working Party member David Facer said community involvement had been impressive for last year's event.

"We had over 15 community organisations participate and more than 400 people attend and we're looking forward to seeing who will support this year," he said,

"An exciting addition to this year is that we have a panel of individuals who have a disability or live with someone that does. Each person is willing to share their stories about the ups-and-downs and everything in between."

Ms Markwell is on the committee and said she was looking forward to speaking about her experiences.

If you have a business or community organisation and would like to become involved in Options Day, phone 0488197400 or 0448431521 or email OptionsDay@outlook.com.

2015 Options Day will be held on Thursday September 10 from 9.30am to 1.30pm at CQUniversity Bundaberg campus.



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