Games encourage inclusion

By Cher Jimenez

Six young people living with a disability are organising a fun day to drive awareness on the importance of social inclusion through games scheduled at a Morwell entertainment centre on October 5.

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Meddings, a year 11 student at Baringa School was one of those chosen to organise the event as part of the Empowering Leadership Program.

Chloe hoped to make new friends during the Big Fun Day Out for young people of all abilities that will be held at WYNCITY.

“I’m kind and I’m friendly (but) a little shy,” she said.

Young people aged 15-25 will be treated to activities such as laser tag, mini golf and 10 pin bowling during the free event that will run from 10.30am until 1.30pm.

Chloe loves to wrestle but at the same time is into hair and makeup but will give 10 pin bowling a go on the day.

“[I’m hoping] for people to have a go at new things, don’t be afraid,” she said.

Tessa Jenkins, who is mentoring young people with a disability, said there was room for improvement in how people embraced social inclusion of people of all abilities.

“There’s still more room for inclusion to be embraced in the area … thoughts of the old ways are still there,” she said.

The event is free including the activities and refreshments. Transport can also be arranged if needed.