National Carers Week 2023: Celebrating the Unsung Heroes
4 January, 2024
Carers NT has once again demonstrated its commitment to recognizing and appreciating the vital contributions of carers through a series of events that marked the National Carers Day celebrations. The diverse range of activities held across multiple locations aimed not only to celebrate carers but also to raise awareness about the crucial services provided by Carers NT.
Family Fun Day
The pinnacle of the celebrations was undoubtedly the Family Fun Day, held simultaneously in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, and Nhulunbuy on October 15, 2023. This vibrant event not only served as a joyous celebration of carers but also as an opportunity to showcase Carers NT services within the community. The day was packed with exciting activities, including a sausage sizzle, Jumping Castles, and enchanting Fairy Jill. The multi-location approach ensured a widespread community reach, fostering engagement and awareness.
NT News and Territory FM 104.1 Radio covered the Darwin festivities with TFM featuring Carers NT services with pre-recorded interviews, live broadcasts, and continuous promotions. In Nhulunbuy, Gove FM 8EAR Community Radio promoted the event. The NT News, along with social media channels like Facebook and Instagram, and the Carers NT website, also collectively contributed to reaching a broader audience.
Carers Luncheon and Morning Tea
Carers NT continued the celebrations with Carers Luncheons in Darwin and Alice Springs on October 16 and 18, respectively. These gatherings provided a platform for carers to share their experiences, fostering a sense of community among these dedicated individuals. The Darwin luncheon witnessed 46 carers in attendance, while Alice Springs hosted 24 attendees. Additionally, a morning tea was organized for all carers in Ramingining, further recognizing the commitment of carers across diverse communities.
Carers NT has hosted a special workshop, ‘Surviving to Thriving,’ in collaboration with YouthworX NT on October 14 and 15, attracting approximately 20 carers. Carers NT also extended appreciation by providing vouchers worth $300 to four organizations, including Dementia Australia, Wagait Shire Council, Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care, and ARRCS Terrace Garden. These organizations, in turn, organized Morning Tea events to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions of carers.
The success of the National Carers Day celebrations organized by Carers NT is evident in the widespread community participations. The events catered to diverse preferences, ensuring engagement from various segments of the community. The luncheons and morning tea initiatives added a personal touch, genuinely recognizing and thanking carers for their dedication.
As we reflect on the success of this initiative, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all carers for their invaluable contributions and reaffirm our commitment to supporting and celebrating them throughout the year.