Abilities Council hosting busy Awareness Week

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A full week of activities is planned by the Swift Current Branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council as they hold a special Awareness Week on Sept. 16 to 20.

The week kicks off on Sept. 16 when the Swift Current Branch hosts their annual pancake breakfast, with the entire community invited to enjoy breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at their 1551 North Railway St. W. location.

A flag raising ceremony on Monday at 11 a.m. at Swift Current City Hall will also help launch the week.

Sept. 17 and 19 will feature a series of school presentations by Janet Dillabaugh, Regional Director at the Swift Current Branch. She will be sharing with students the history of the Council and the work the Saskatchewan Abilities Council does.

The week's showcase activity will be hosted on Sept. 18 when the Amazing Awareness Race will be held at Riverside Park. The focus of the race is to bring awareness to the community and give a better understanding of the barriers individuals with disabilities face in day-to-day living. Some of the barriers will affect sight, sound, touch and balance. They will also have an information booth set up with information about all areas the Council: Special Needs Equipment, Partners in Employment, Orthopaedics, Parking Program, special events and more.

The Awareness Week wraps up on Sept. 20 with an awareness luncheon gala for community supporters. At this luncheon the Swift Current Branch will provide information about the programs and services that the Council offers and thank organizations, individuals and businesses for their continued support.

Sept. 20 will also be busy with an Awareness tea for clients and family members, giving clients the opportunity to show family members and caregivers what they do at the Council, and what how the Council helps them.

For more information on the Amazing Awareness Race or to learn how to register for the event, contact Jessica Sauder, Community Relations Coordinator, at 306-773-2076. Additional details can be found at http://www.abilitiescouncil.sk.ca/html/whats_new/index.cfm?view=article&wnID=33

Organizations: Swift Current Branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Partners in Employment

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Riverside Park

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