Business leaders’ best foot forward boosts health for people with disability

Business leaders will be putting their best foot forward to help tackle the chronic health and social issues affecting people with a disability, at Endeavour Foundation’s inaugural CEO Walk and Talk at South Bank, on December 3.

Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said Executives would join people with a disability for a short stroll through South Bank, raising funds and awareness for Endeavour Foundation's Walk & Talk program, marking International Day of People with a Disability.

"A number of CEOs have already put their hand up to take part, and Sedgman CEO and Managing Director Peter Watson has gone one step further by inviting his employees to volunteer as a regular part of our Walk and Talk program," Mr Barbagallo said.

"I challenge other CEOs to consider making the Walk and Talk program part of their company culture," he said.

Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said the program helped address the high rates of disease among people with a disability while improving opportunities for social inclusion.

"People with intellectual disability experience poorer physical and mental health and higher risk and rates of chronic disease than the general population," Mr Barbagallo said.

"That's why we need the community to get behind effective ideas like our Walk & Talk program, a simple yet brilliant initiative that gets people from all walks of life working together, to ensure that people with a disability are actively involved in their community."

Sedgman CEO and Managing Director Peter Watson said he was proud to be participating in the CEO Walk & Talk event which raises community awareness of the social benefits people with a disability get out of being active in their community.

"As a Company, we have a strong culture of community engagement and this is a great initiative for us to be involved with," Mr Watson said.

Mr Barbagallo encouraged other leading businessmen to step out of the office on December 3 and join Endeavour Foundation’s CEO Walk & Talk event, which is also raising funds so more people can be a part of the Walk & Talk program.

The interactive Walk and Talk program pairs community volunteers – known as Walking Buddies – with people with a disability for at least half an hour of walking and conversation each week.

The CEO Walk & Talk is a 1km walk starting and finishing at the Courier Mail Piazza at Southbank Parklands, on 3rd December. To register today, visit www.endeavour.com.au.

To find out more about the Walk & Talk program, or register your interest in being a Walking Buddy, contact Endeavour Foundation on (07) 3908 7253 or email volunteering@endeavour.com.au.

Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting people with a disability in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This includes accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities. Find out more at endeavour.com.au.

Contact:

Kirrily Boulton, National Media and Communications Manager
Mobile 0429 077 886, email k.boulton@endeavour.com.au.

Sedgeman: Narelle Galligan, Communications and Marketing Manager,
Mobile 0457 100 314, email Narelle.Galligan@sedgman.com.