Abo­rig­i­nal dis­abil­ity group nom­i­nated as lo­cal hero

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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Eve­lyn McKay has been nom­i­nated for the Lo­cal Heroes pro­gram.

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