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Cobb acknowledges Calare's carers



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John Cobb, MP 

Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security  Member for Calare 

 

 

Cobb Acknowledges Calare’s Carers

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Federal Member for Calare, John Cobb, today welcomed the start of Carers Week 2010 and thanked local carers for the valuable contribution they make to the lives of the individuals they support.

Carers Week 2010 is from Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd October 2010 and a number of events for carers will be taking place across the Calare electorate during the week.

There are approximately 2.6 million unpaid carers in Australia who give their time and energy, often 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide care, love and support to family and friends.

“Without the dedication of the many unpaid carers in Calare providing support to family and friends who are frail, have a disability, illness or chronic condition, many Australians would not be able to continue living at home and in their community,” Mr Cobb said today.

Carers Week provides an opportunity to promote the valuable role Australian carers play in our society and acknowledge the time and support they give to others.

The 2010 Carers Week theme, “Anyone, Anytime can become a carer,” reflects the unexpected and indiscriminate nature of the caring role.

Carers Day 2010 is on Tuesday 19th October. Carers Day is a day to celebrate the contribution carers make in their community and show appreciation through a simple act of kindness by doing something for a carer you know.

“I encourage everyone in Calare who knows a carer to make the effort on Carers Day to spend some time, whether on the phone or by going for coffee with their friend, neighbour or colleague to show appreciation for the vital contribution they make to our community.”

Carers Week and Carers Day are an opportunity for us all to thank, recognise and show our appreciation and support to the many Australians, young and old, who often make personal sacrifices to care for a family member or friend.

For further information on Carers Week 2010 and events in your local community, visit www.carersweek.com.au

Media Contact Samantha Neal 02 6361 7138 0438 300 101