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Carers Queensland’s dashing duck helps raise funds for Emerald’s all-abilities playground

Nov 22 2019

Our adventurous Community Development team in the Central Highlands took to the water to help raise funds for Emerald’s all abilities playground at this year’s Nogoa River Family Day Duck Dash.

The playground is currently under construction and due to open before Christmas, thanks to several years of hard work and fundraising by the Emerald Rotary Club.

The annual Duck Dash has been an important fundraiser for the playground, and this year’s event raised enough to see the new facility through to completion.

Our decorated duck, Candice Candoo, was decked out in National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) purple and green. Now the event is over, she’ll join last year’s duck, Abel Candoo, as a mascot at our events and information booths around the Central Highlands.

Since Abel’s outing last year, he’s accompanied the Carers Queensland Community Development team based in Emerald to every event, from the Emerald Town Hall to post offices in the Gemfields.

As well as duck racing, the event was a great opportunity to catch up with Central Highlanders utilising the NDIS, to share information with people not yet using the Scheme, and to celebrate the inclusion of people with disability in a mainstream community event.

The new playground has undercover accessible play equipment with rubber fall matting, wheelchair-friendly concrete paths, accessible parking and toilets, secure fencing, and solar lighting for night-time use.

If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland staff can also help you identify and link to options for support in your community.

To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au