Cricket fans to get Out & About with Aussie spinner
Cricket fans of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to perfect their skills alongside an Aussie cricket legend at the 2015 Out & About Fun Day.
Melbourne Stars spinner Michael Beer will join mascot ‘Starman’ at the November 29 event at Albert Park Lake and take kids, teens and adults through their paces at the Melbourne Stars Bowling Tunnel.
VMCH CEO Greg Pullen said the organisation was “thrilled” to have Cricket Victoria’s support in this year’s event.
“Like us, Cricket Victoria shares a focus on promoting social inclusion. We want this event to be something people of all ages and abilities can enjoy, without worrying if they can access the venue or participate fully in the activities.”
Cricket Victoria’s General Manager Game & Market Development Rohan O’Neill said the sporting body was delighted to be involved.
“Cricket Victoria is striving to ensure that cricket is accessible to all and is a sport for all Australians,” he said. “We are achieving this through creating inclusive disability programs such as our newest cricket association: the Melbourne All Abilities Cricket Association. This is Australia’s first dedicated cricket association for cricketers with a disability.”
Spinner Beer said he looked forward to meeting members of the public at the Out & About Fun Day.
“It will be good practice in the lead up to our five electrifying Big Bash League games during December and January in Melbourne!” he said.
You can meet Michael Beer at the Out & About Fun Day between 12-1pm at the Melbourne Stars Bowling Tunnel (located opposite the MSAC main entrance). A variety of other activities will run between 12-4pm on the day.
BAM Allstars Set to Shine
A Bayside all-abilities dance crew is preparing to bust some moves at the free, all inclusive Out & About Fun Day on November 29.
BAM Allstars runs weekly dance classes for children, teens and adults with disabilities in Brighton and Frankston. Lisa Murphy founded the group in 2009 when she was looking for a dance class for her son, Buster, who has Down Syndrome (both pictured).
“Finding there was nothing suitable for his needs, I decided to get something started, and now, six years on, here we are. It has been an enormous joy and privilege to watch our little group grow and develop over the years.”
Lisa said the Allstars particularly enjoyed performing at community events, such as the upcoming Out & About Fun Day.
The event, organised by not-for-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes and proudly supported by CityLink, aims to enable people with disabilities and mobility limitations to experience life as it should be – 100 per cent accessible.
The Out & About Fun Day will include all-abilities sports and activities at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, including a Come and Try clinic held by Cricket Victoria, a pop-up sensory garden designed by Swinburne University, live music, animal farm, roving entertainers, face painting and a great Aussie sausage sizzle.
“Performing at last year’s event was great,” Lisa said. “The students were all keen to come along, some even coming from Rosebud.”
Lisa described the day as a “great initiative”.
“I think it also serves as a reminder to the general population about how difficult it can be to just participate in activities and events around Melbourne due to a lack of disability access.”
Making Great Progress
Wheelchair tennis champion Luba Josevski says that while Australia had made “great progress” in addressing accessibility, more work is needed to change perceptions and attitudes.
And Luba is determined to use her new roles as Out & About Ambassador and 2015 Young Victorian of the Year as a platform to shine a light on the importance of community inclusion.
“I took up tennis later in life,” Luba said. “Although I had a disability, I never really found disabled sport to be promoted and because I never had a wheelchair (I walked unevenly with splints) it just never came to mind that I could take up wheelchair sports.
“I don't want any other child in Australia to feel that they are unable to participate due to a lack of inclusion options.”
Since picking up a tennis racquet, Luba hasn’t looked back. She has now represented Australia around the world in more than 16 countries and says access to tennis and inclusion “completely changed my life”.
“I believe by promoting inclusion and creating a more accessible environment, it will allow more and more people to achieve their goals and subsequently happiness within their life,” she said.
“Let's give everyone a chance to move beyond the basic concerns of ‘will there be a handrail, ramp etc’ and create some space to be the best they can be. It really isn't a disability only message, I think many people can feel limited in their lives from time to time.”
Luba will be attending the third annual Out & About Fun Day at Albert Park on November 29, which aims to enable people with disabilities and mobility limitations experience life as it should be – 100 per cent accessible.
Proudly supported by CityLink, the day will include all-abilities sports and activities at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, a pop-up sensory garden designed by Swinburne University, live music, animal farm, roving entertainers, face painting and a great Aussie sausage sizzle.
The Out & About Fun Day also promotes VMCH’s Australian-first accessibility app, Out & About – Accessing your community, which lists accessible venues and events across Melbourne. The Out & About App and Fun Day won the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector Award for Excellence in Improving Participation.
Wire Bird Set to Soar
One of Melbourne’s hottest bands is set to have crowds flocking to the Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ Out & About Fun Day on November 29.
Wire Bird – a 4-piece alternative indie pop band – will play tracks from their debut EP ‘New World’ at the Albert Park event, which aims to enable people with disabilities and mobility limitations experience life as it should be – 100 per cent accessible.
“We see the Fun Day as a great opportunity to celebrate our diversity and music is a great way to bring people together,” said the band.
“On a personal level, as a band we all have different backgrounds in supporting people with diverse needs and believe we all have a right to share music and community. We are over the moon that an event like the Out & About Fun Day exists to bridge the gap and make life 100% accessible.”
Wire Bird will join Aussie rock music icon Ross Wilson in the entertainment line-up, which also includes all-abilities sports and activities at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, including a Come and Try clinic held by Cricket Victoria, a pop-up sensory garden, live music, animal farm, roving entertainers, face painting and a great Aussie sausage sizzle.
The band – which has earned recent attention from Sweden to The States – say they had an “absolutely fantastic time” playing last year.
“We were blown away by the feeling of community and support. Everyone who attended would attest to the atmosphere of joy. There was a lot of fantastic things going on and everywhere you looked there was a smiling face. We are really looking forward to being there again and are excited for an even bigger and better Out & About Fun Day.”
The Out & About Fun Day is proudly supported by CityLink.
Senses Reawakened at Out & About Fun Day
A magical pop-up garden is set to awaken the senses at Victoria’s biggest celebration of accessible communities, the Villa Maria Catholic Homes and CityLink Out & About Fun Day on Sunday, November 29.
The fully accessible sensory garden, designed by teachers and students from Swinburne University, will enable people of all abilities and ages to experience the garden in an interactive way.
Team Leader for Horticulture and Environment Stewart Detez says ‘sensory’ is more than just smell; it’s about colour, taste and memory.
“In our design last year we used emotional triggers to bring memories back for the visitors of the garden, hopefully they were good memories. This year, the focus is on allowing people to interact with the garden space, see the garden as part of everyday normal life.”
Stewart said some of the elements included an outdoor dining setting where the salad is ‘grown in front of you’, bench seating with scented plants, and a cube of succulents with a variety of colours and textures.
“People will come in and enjoy the quirky ideas and hopefully give them a sense of joy and a little bit of humour,” Stewart said.
“We see this as an opportunity to educate the public of how important the garden is, and how easy it is to include plants into our living spaces and our lifestyles.”
Read more here.
Villa Maria Catholic Homes and CityLink - Moving Communities Together
Villa Maria Catholic Homes, one of Victoria’s largest disability and aged care services providers, is excited to announce Melbourne’s major tollway operator CityLink as Principal Sponsor of this year’s award-winning Out & About Fun Day.
The event, taking place at Albert Park on November 29, aims to enable people with disabilities and mobility limitations experience life as it should be – 100 per cent accessible.
VMCH CEO Greg Pullen said the not-for-profit organisation was delighted to have CityLink’s support as they shared a focus on promoting social inclusion, connecting communities and enhancing mobility.
Read more here.
Luba Josevski – Out & About Ambassador
Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) is thrilled to announce Young Victorian of the Year Luba Josevski as an Out & About Ambassador.
The Australian wheelchair tennis champion and 2015 Young Victorian of the Year said choosing to support VMCH and promote accessibility was an easy one.
“Accessibility is a concern that can unfortunately become somewhat of a main focus for people with disabilities,” Luba said.
“Rather than being excited about the event ahead, you can instead be focused on if you are able to get there okay, whether the venue is accessible, and whether you will be able to enjoy it.
“The Out & About Fun Day takes all this away… it's already been considered and accounted for and all you need to focus on is the fun you’ll have!”
Having the opportunity to participate in sport is something Luba is extremely passionate about.
Following the amputation of both her legs at age 15, Luba had to re-learn to walk using prosthetics. Always an active person, she became frustrated by a lack of sports offered to people with a disability who didn’t use a wheelchair.
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Download the free Out & About app
The free app helps people find accessible venues and events across Melbourne with the touch of a finger.
It’s designed to assist people with a disability or mobility limitation, their families and carers, to better access their community and plan a great day out.
The app has been available on iTunes since it was launched at the first Family Fun Day at Albert Park in 2013. It has been downloaded for iPhone more than 2,500 times and has more than 2,000 events and venues are now listed.
With the move to Android, the app is expected to grow significantly, giving users even more information and choice when heading for a day out.
Venues include places like theatres, cafés, restaurants, galleries, beaches, parks and gardens. Events can include concerts, festivals, exhibitions and more.
Users can leave feedback to help other users and rate the venue by answering two simple questions.
Head to the Google or Apple app stores to download the free app and submit a review or suggest a venue or event for inclusion. Or visit: www.outandaboutapp.com.au
The more people who use it, the more useful it will be to everyone.
Download it today!