Record numbers attend Walk with Me

By Claire Absolum, 23 September 2016 , Comments

Predictions of rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of record numbers of participants who attended this years Walk with Me event in Parramatta this week.

Walk with Me is an annual, community event hosted by Northcott and sponsored by City of Parramatta, which aims to raise awareness about disability and celebrate the potential of every individual.

Members of the crowd at Walk with Me 2016

 

Northcott customers DJ Shaz and Dom set a jubilant tone for the day as they dj-ed for the crowd before Uncle Greg Simms delivered a Welcome to Country and the walk was officially opened by City of Parramatta Administrator, Amanda Chadwick.  

Adam Ladell sings at Walk with Me

The major draw card of the day however was 17 year The Voice star Adam Ladell who flew up from Melbourne to perform at the event.

Adam shot to fame nationally when he came second in Channel Nine’s The Voice song contest and educated the nation about Tourette’s Syndrome which is a neurological condition he lives with.

Adam said “There’s still a lot of ignorance surrounding disability but events like this are all about getting out there and educating people so they can become more accepting, because we are not that different from everyone else.”

 

Adam joined the crowd of over 1,000 people who smiled, cheered, walked, rolled and danced their way through Church and Market Streets in Parramatta’s CBD before congregating at Centenary Square where Adam performed along with sibling pop group Kids of Leo.

Walk with Me 2016

Northcott CEO Kerry Stubbs, Northcott Chairman Michael Briggs, Julie Owens MP and City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick

Julie Owens, the Federal Member for Parramatta spoke after the walk saying “people with disability are capable of so much…this kind of event just draws attention to that the extraordinary potential that exists within our community”.

Mark Tinelt, from disability organisation Ability Links echoed this sentiment saying; “I was part of something special today. When you see solidarity in the disability sector like this it starts a conversation in peoples’ minds and it challenges people to be more mindful of people with disability, in their communities, in their neighbourhoods and in their families.”

Participants in Walk with Me 2016

Northcott would like to extend our warm thanks to our event sponsors: City of Parramatta, Terry Shields Toyota, Westfield Auto Body Repairs, Urban Image Group, Bayer, Arc Training, Younis Property, Lumbalite, Sydney Water and to everyone who participated in Walk with Me 2016.

 

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