A special night for special needs

Rotaract Blue’s annual Open Arms Awards Ceremony takes place this Saturday, 6 July, at Luca restaurant.

It is an evening designed to recognise and shine a spotlight briefly on a group of individuals who otherwise receive little recognition for what they do.

Six years ago, Rotaract Blue noted that the disabled community was all too often overlooked by the wider community. And so a special awards ceremony was created to acknowledge special needs people, their caretakers, teachers and others who assist individuals with disabilities.

The event will also recognise people who have excelled in their lives despite a disability.

The awards ceremony is open to the general public and will include a four-course dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction of unique artwork.

Nominations for awards were open earlier in the year; a committee went through all the nominations and eventually chose six people who best matched the awards.

The awards

Long Service Award – a person who has served in the field for a long time.

Parent Recognition Award – either for a parent living with a disability or a parent who is taking care of a disabled person.

Heart Award – a person who has demonstrated exceptional commitment, creativity, enthusiasm and patience in working with special needs people.

Outstanding Student Award – a student who excels in class and outside and who is an active member in the community.

Spirit Award – a disabled person with a warm and cheerful disposition, who remains positive despite their challenges.

The Honorary Award – a person who has dedicated their life to teaching and assisting individuals with and/or without special needs.

Cocktails will be served from 6pm, while the awards will be presented at 7pm and dinner will follow. Tickets are available through Rotaract Blue for $75 per person.

For more information or to book a ticket call 917-8457 or email: [email protected]