CHYFM’s national win for disability project
COFFS’ local radio station CHYFM, powered by volunteers, has been recognised on a national level following the launch of their project which offers a platform for locals with a disability to have a voice.
The team at CHYFM took out a top prize at the CBAA Community Awards, which are hotly contested with nominee stations attending from every state.
The Excellence in Community Participation category is awarded to the station that has sought meaningful engagement with its community and local interests – and for CHYFM that includes the people of Coffs, youth, and people with disabilities.
After being nominated and selected as finalists in June, CHYFM’s application was reviewed by 100 judges who determined that CHYFM was the number one radio station for community engagement and participation in Australia.
The award was presented on November 11, marking the station’s first national award win this decade.
Station Manager Becky Cole was delighted, saying the win was in part inspired by CHYFM’s partnership with people with disabilities from Toormina High School to create the My Voice, My Ability, My Rights project.
The podcast My Voice My Ability My Rights helps educate over 4 million Australians with disabilities on their legal rights, and spread awareness to the community.
“It is such an unexpected honour to win this award and I’m incredibly grateful to our wonderful staff, volunteers, loyal listeners and the CBAA who made this all possible. Also a big thanks to the CRN, Toormina High School and the Law and Justice Foundation, who supported us in making this ground-breaking podcast series,” Ms Cole said.
MAKING WAVES: Station manager Becky Cole and announcer Beth Hennes celebrate their award win.