Students from Orange and Blayney High Schools have helped make Life Without Barriers’ colour run on Monday to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability double the success of last year’s event.
An expected 200 people – with an equal division between carers and clients – took part in walking or running laps around the top field at Waratahs, with the colour run, face-painting, a barbecue and other activities run by students.
One of those students, Orange High School’s Brittany Boswell, said she’d loved the chance to interact with the clients of disability service providers.
“It was a really great experience, we got to meet a lot of new people and help them and recognise international day of disability and celebrate with the [participants],” she said.
“It was great seeing how happy they were … I’ll be back next year.”
Her classmate Stella Pepperell-Baks said it was it was a fantastic experience.
“It was so much fun to see the different things to paint on their faces and to see how happy there were,” she said.
“Even if it wasn’t a masterpiece, they just really enjoyed being able to express themselves.”
Life Without Barriers’ Emily Osorio said the day was a great success, and wanted to thank providers, businesses, students and volunteers who helped put the day together.
She said “so many” people had put countless hours towards getting the event off the ground, and the event would be back in 2019.
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