Telephone directory cover girl has a familiar ring

IF you think the face on the cover of this year’s White Pages and Yellow Pages looks familiar, you’re right.

Orange woman Prue McCarthy has been selected as this year’s cover girl under the theme inspiring others to achieve.

The directory, which covers Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow, Cowra, Mudgee, Young, will be distributed throughout the region from today.

Ms McCarthy said she was “honoured” to appear on the directory’s 2014/15 cover. 

According to  White Pages product manager Sarah Simpson, Ms McCarthy was singled out for the way she “selflessly helps others achieve their goals”.

“Prue is helping create inclusive school communities and giving kids with disability new confidence in the classroom by bringing the Just Like You! disability program to the local region,” Ms Simpson said.

In 2007 Ms McCarthy joined the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA). After learning about the Just Like You! program, which was operating in Sydney, she decided to bring the course to the central west. 

“The program teaches students about different disabilities, helping them understand and better relate to people with a disability,” Ms Simpson said.

“Prue dedicated countless hours to getting the program off the ground, voluntarily organising materials, gaining school support and recruiting volunteers.” 

While the program kicked off in 2008 with only seven local schools, Ms McCarthy now presents it to 25 schools.

“Sometimes kids just aren’t sure how to approach people with a disability,” Ms McCarthy said.

“This program is great because it helps children understand that students with a disability are just like them.

“It’s such a great feeling to see children embrace the program and find that confidence to talk to their peers; it’s really about making positive changes in these kids’ lives.”

Ms Simpson said the covers celebrate humble community members who don’t always get the recognition they deserve.

“There are thousands of Australians going the extra mile to help other people succeed and never ask for thanks or recognition,” she said.

“We wanted to honour these local legends who sometimes hide in the shadows and elevate them to a place where everyone can celebrate them.

“This year we are thrilled to recognise Prue’s efforts inspiring her community.”

This year’s White Pages and Yellow Pages will take around six weeks to reach each household. 

Following customer feedback, the directory will have four columns per page in an effort to make it easier for people to navigate.

tracey.prisk@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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