CHYFM’s na­tional win for dis­abil­ity project

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

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.

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