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A generous donation by a Sunshine Coast woman has ensured a day full of fun and happiness for people with a disability living in the area.
Endeavour Foundation is gearing up for its annual Fun Day this Thursday, for its Sunshine Coast clients, supported employees, families and staff, thanks to a bequest from former Eumundi resident Norma Greig, who died in 2002.
More than 200 people are expected to join in the event and be entertained by Ringo the Clown and CJ the Impossible Comic Magician.
There will also be dancing with the Barbed-Wire Canoe Bush Band and an impressive show of hot rods and motorbikes. Attendees will also enjoy a three-course meal.
Norma had requested that her donation go towards providing a fun day for those associated with Endeavour Foundation.
“We fulfil Norma’s wishes by ending the year with a great celebration which clients, supported employees, families and staff all look forward to,” said Endeavour Foundation Industries Maroochydore training and development officer Dinny Reed.
“It’s a chance for everyone from Caloundra to Noosa to get together and have some fun.”
One person counting down to the event is Tania Nicholas, who is a supported employee at Endeavour Foundation Industries Maroochydore.
Tania, 36, is a proud member of the Norma Greig Fun Day sub-committee, which is involved in organising the event.
“I’m looking forward to having a good time with my best friends and to enjoying the band and yummy food,” said Tania.
Tania started at Endeavour Foundation Industries in 2007 and works in packaging, sewing, confidential document destruction and the sales of trailers, stakes and pegs.
“Tania is a very versatile and enthusiastic worker. She works on most tasks and just loves coming to work,” said Dinny.
Endeavour Foundation Industries Maroochydore provides training, employment and personal development to 81 people with a disability.
Dinny has noticed a great improvement in Tania’s skill set and personal development since Tania started at Endeavour Foundation Industries.
“Tania has become a lot more confident and independent since starting here,” Dinny said.
“She now confidently catches two buses to work rather than being driven and is far more outgoing and talkative.
“Being involved with the organising of the fun day through the Norma Greig Fun Day sub-committee has also improved her leadership and organisation skills.
“Tania’s also developing her skill set. She practices literacy and numeracy as part of her work duties and has 29 certificates of achievement since starting at Endeavour Foundation Industries, such as learning to sew.
“Tania is a great example of how supported employment can help someone with a disability lead an ordinary life. Supported employment gives routine, purpose and fulfilment which has led to Tania feeling more confident and happy.”
Tania said she sees Endeavour Foundation Industries Maroochydore as not just a place to work but somewhere to learn new skills and make new friends.
“I like doing different jobs and meeting up with my best friends there,” she said.
Along with offering employment and training opportunities, Endeavour Foundation offers accommodation, education and lifestyle opportunities to people with a disability on the Sunshine Coast.
Jo Glover, Media and Communications Officer
Phone: (07) 3908 7257, 0429 065 440
Fax: (07) 3253 7271