Aboriginal disability group nominated as local hero
EVELYN McKay has been recognised for her work promoting social wellbeing in the community with a nomination in the Westfield Carousel Local Heroes program.
Three years ago, the South Perth resident single-handedly set up Be My Koorda, a support group for Aboriginal children with disabilities.
The group, meaning ‘Be my Friend’ in Noongar, began after her sons, one who has autism and the other who suffers from anxiety, declared they felt lonely and wanted more friends.
“We have about 30 children as part of the group now, which is just amazing,” Mrs McKay said.
“My boys feel close to the friends they have made within the group and we are running more regular events such as fortnightly Lego Group.”
Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) representative Emma Mulvaney nominated Be My Koorda for the Local Heroes program as she believed the program filled a vital gap in the market.
Evelyn McKay has been nominated for the Local Heroes program.