Echuca-Moama residents got behind Wear Orange for One and All Day on Friday.RENEE THOMPSON May 12, 2014 3:04am
Echuca-Moama residents, schools and businesses immersed themselves in colour on Friday to mark Wear Orange for One and All Day.
One and All Campaspe Inclusion Day project organiser Jacqui Davies said she was especially touched by paracyclist Stuart Tripp’s speech at Echuca Primary School’s 9am assembly.
‘‘He spoke about how it’s all about ‘getting up’ no matter how many times you fall down ,’’ she said.
‘‘It was very appropriate to the day.’’
She said it was overwhelming to see so many parents at the assembly dressed in orange.
Even the school dog’s hair was coloured orange.
‘‘What’s most enjoyable is that it’s giving people that ownership,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s nice to see that the people who contribute to the project get that reward.’’
She said she had seen some parents in tears because they could see the impact of the day.
St Luke’s Anglicare staff Julie Sands and Sheridan Clark gave out free orange pancakes and oranges to passers-by on Heygarth St.
Ms Sands said the idea for the breakfast pancake stand, which ran from 8am to 10am and raised about $100, came about after they received an email about the day from Miss Sands.
‘‘We understand about stigma and inclusion,’’ she said.
‘‘We contacted Heygarth House to see if they wanted to be involved and will also host a shared lunch with them, where everyone will bring something.’’
Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network executive officer Anne Trickey was one of the Heygarth House workers at the lunch in the shared driveway between their buildings.
‘‘Julie and Sheridan invited us to this lunch as a get to know each other,’’ she said.
‘‘Some of us know each other, but not all of us know each other really well.’’
To facilitate that, she said the lunch group took part in an icebreaker activity where they had to say their name, their role and then share something about themselves no one else knew.
‘‘Because half of us knew each other, it was challenging to come up with someone no one knew,’’ Ms Trickey said.
‘‘We’ve all found out something else about each other.’’
She said the neighbouring organisations had much in common.
‘‘Both organisations are very much supportive of One and All, so it made sense to do it.
‘‘I think it could be the first of more such lunches to come.’’
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