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Football Federation Australia Team Up With International Day of People With Disabilities

By November 12, 2018 No Comments



With less than one month until International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD), it is with great excitement that we announce Football Federation Australia (FFA) as an official partner for IDPWD.

FFA is the governing body for all Australian football teams and is a part of the Federation Internationale
de Football Association (FIFA). It oversees all national teams, including the Caltex Socceroos, Westfield Matildas and Australian Pararoos.

Through this partnership, we have introduced the Hands of Inclusion fundraising initiative where attendees of upcoming national team’s matches will have the opportunity to donate and raise funds for IDPWD’s Social Enterprise Grant Program as well as funds for the Australian Pararoos team.

The Australian Pararoos are Australia’s National Team for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or symptoms acquired from stroke.  They face the challenges of disability every day, but these challenges do not stop their passion for the sport. Needless to say, they are an inspiration to thousands of Australians with a similar disability.

The Australian Pararoos goal is to compete in the 2019 World Cup. To help them achieve this goal, 50 per cent of all money raised from the Hands of Inclusion will go towards the Australian Pararoos team.

“We are very excited to be partnering International Day of People with Disabilities. We are very passionate about supporting people with disabilities and happy to be able to help raise much needed funds for both IDPWD and the Australian Pararoos,” said Luke Casserly, Head of National Performance, Football Federation Australia.

Volunteering Services Australia has been a major supporter of the IDPWD campaign and has recognised this new partnership as an exciting opportunity for IDPWD as well as FFA and the Australian Pararoos.

“IDPWD is passionate about mainstream integration and allowing people with disabilities to achieve their goals and aspirations. The Australian Pararoos are a leading example of this and we are happy to be able to support them through the Hands of Inclusion as well as raise funds for the Social Enterprise Grant Program,” said Simon Nugus, CEO of Volunteering Services Australia.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES – (IDPWD), goal is to encourage communities to discuss disability in different contexts and to promote celebration of diversity and inclusion across Australia – with a particular focus on children. IDPWD is celebrated on 3rd December each year and is an annual opportunity for all stakeholders within communities, corporations and schools to celebrate the richness of diversity and the power of inclusion.

Media Contact: Nicole Smith p: 07 5526 0688 m: 0439 929 655 e: Nicole.smith@vsaustralia.org.au