Unique Awards Program Breaks Down Barriers to Honour the Sunshine Coast's Best Achievers
Australia's most prestigious awards program for people living with a disability was launched today (
16 April 2007) on the Sunshine Coast.
The STEPS Disability Awards empower, encourage and recognise people living with a disability, as well as reward those people and organisations that support them.
The awards are run by STEPS Disability, a not-for-profit organisation based on the Sunshine Coast which supports the 104,000 people along the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts and the Wide Bay Burnett who have a disability.
According to STEPS Disability's Business Development Coordinator, Jenny Carter, "the Sunshine Coast is playing a pivotal role in changing community beliefs by recognising the contributions of people with a disability through the STEPS Disability Awards".
"The importance placed on these awards is reflected in the fact that they are the only awards in Australia for people with a disability that culminate in a black tie gala dinner," Ms Carter said.
The celebration will be an 'Awesome Aussie' themed event at Aussie World in July.
There are 15 award categories including sport, arts, teamwork, employment and study for entrants with a disability. Additional categories recognise the contributions of carers, education institutions, employers and the media.
The awards are open to all residents of the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett regions.
The 2007 STEPS Disability Awards are free to enter and Entry Kits are available at all STEPS Disability offices or by phoning 07 5446 4299.
Entries close on Friday 8 June.
The awards are sponsored by Channel 10, BrandMAX Media and Marketing, Worldwide Online Printing Maroochydore and Noosa, and Zinc 96.1 FM.
Awards Venue: Aussie World, Sunshine Coast
Date: Saturday 21 July from 7pm
Dinner Tickets: $110.00 + GST per person
Media contact: Liz Rivers on (07) 5446 4299