Let the dis­abled at­tend

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

In 2007, at the first com­mu­nity Creek­fest meet­ing for that year, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the dis­abil­ity sec­tor asked if they could be in­volved in the plan­ning and ex­e­cut­ing of Creek­fest.

He pointed out that hold­ing the meet­ings at the Op­por­tu­nity Cen­tre was a bar­rier for the dis­abled as there was no wheel­chair ac­cess, so it was agreed that they would be held at Free­dom Church, where there are no bar­ri­ers.

I was dis­ap­pointed to read [KMN, Oc­to­ber 19] that the Creek­fest meet­ings are to be held at the Op­por­tu­nity Cen­tre once again, putting up bar­ri­ers for the dis­abil­ity sec­tor. I was un­der the im­pres­sion that Creek­fest was for all the com­mu­nity, dis­abled in­cluded. – SAN­DRA MOE-MATTHEWS,

Can­nons Creek

Porirua Healthlinks Trust man­ager Liz Kelly re­sponds: Meet­ings for Creek­fest 2010 were held at the Free­dom Hall. How­ever, we were ad­vised that there were no at­ten­dees who were wheel­chair-bound. There is a cost at­tached to the Free­dom Hall which can­not be sus­tained given that Cap­i­tal and Coast District Health Board no longer fund the fa­cil­i­ta­tion of the event. Creek­fest is a com­mu­nity event and we try very hard to cater for all peo­ple. On the day, we pro­vide spe­cial park­ing for the dis­abled and as­sis­tance for those who want to par­tic­i­pate.

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