Sale Disability Support Group’s first outing

The Sale Disability Support Group's first outing last Wednesday at Port of Sale. Photo: Contributed

Stefan Bradley

ON a beautiful but incredibly frosty morning, 32 super-keen participants from Sale Disability Support Group braved the cold weather for a cruise on the historic old boat, the Rubeena.

After speaking with many of the participants, the highlight for them was discovering the history of the area and seeing the many Aboriginal Canoe trees lining the banks of the Thomson River.

Another highlight was seeing a large number of water birds native to the area.

After the cruise, the group had a delicious lunch at the Portside Café, socialised and made new friends.

The Sale Disability Support Group meets monthly to engage in fun, active, social activities in a warm, inclusive environment.

Based on similar groups in Bairnsdale, Orbost and Mallacoota, participants must be over 18.

East Gippsland/Wellington Shires Gippsland Disability Advocacy Program co-ordinator Michelle Shaw said there will be monthly events on a Wednesday.

“This is a new group, we received funding about 12 months ago but couldn’t implement due to COVID restrictions. So now we’re making a start to the activities but have been in the process of planning and sourcing participants,” Ms Shaw said.

“Through networking in the Sale region, we have been able to recruit a good number of participants, and felt that we were ready to make some great memories with the group. The Rubeena cruise was the first official event, and 32 people attended. For me it demonstrates that there is a need for this type of support group in Sale.

“If you or anyone you know identifies as having a disability, no matter the disability, we would love for you to join the group. Everyone over the age of 18 is welcome.”

The next activity will be tenpin bowling at Wyncity Morwell on Wednesday, August 17, which includes lunch.

“Participation in the activities and lunch are free,” Ms Shaw said.

“We can also arrange transport if required. If people enjoy themselves, we hope they will continue to come along, participate, and make new friends”

Those interested in joining or finding out more can phone Michelle Shaw at Gippsland Disability Advocacy on 5175 0444 or 0447 039 914.