Ray Thompson is organising the Yeppoon Access Pub Crawl to raise awareness of people with disabilities as part of Disability Action Week.
Ray Thompson is organising the Yeppoon Access Pub Crawl to raise awareness of people with disabilities as part of Disability Action Week. Chris Ison ROK020916cpubcrawl3

Ray's mission to raise awareness with Pub Crawl

IT'S renovations like the one at the Yeppoon RSL to improve disability access that makes Ray Thompson's volunteer work all the more worth it.

Chair of the Capricorn Coast Community Access Group for about five years, Mr Thompson has been working with the small community group to raise awareness, but also to lobby disability access projects.

Come Friday, Mr Thompson is hoping the community will get involved in their Yeppoon Access Pub Crawl to promote Disability Action Week.

One in five Queenslander's has a disability of some kind, and disability touches the lives of most Queenslander's in some way. In Livingstone Shire, more than 1370 people, a little over 4% of our population, live with a profound or severe disability.

"We want inclusiveness for the community,” Mr Thompson said. "One of our biggest successes was concreting the pathway in Normanby St. We also worked with council to get street lights installed between Keppel Bay Plaza and Yeppoon Central. One of the worst places in town was the RSL, and look at it now, it's just great. What they've done is a credit to the RSL.”

Mr Thompson said he was always on the lookout to identify potential locations in town to address, to make things that little bit easier for people living with a disability to access.

"It's about awareness mainly, to be aware that even though we've got lots of fit and able-bodied people that can get around, there are people that can't, and some of our shops don't lend themselves to good access. So we're always working towards trying to make that better.”

Mr Thompson said the event would be a great night and hoped to see people support the event. Two wheelchairs, walking sticks and vision impaired glasses and blindfolds will be worn by participants to get some understanding of what living with a disability is like.

The group is always looking for more members, phone Mr Thompson on 49392870 or email raynoels@bigpond.com.



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