Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen is encouraging residents to show their support for National Carers Week from 15 – 21 October to show carers how much they count.
“Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers spend an incredible 36 million hours every week providing care and support to family members or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who are frail aged,” Mr van Manen said.
“Carers come from all walks of life, cultures and religions, and they provide care for a variety of reasons.
“Some are only children, while others are nearing 90.
“They may be spouses, parents, sons or daughters, siblings, friends, nieces or nephews or neighbours.
“And the very real fact is, anyone at any time can become a carer.
“Visit the National Carers Week website at carersweek.com.au to find out how you can join me in acknowledging the outstanding work of our carers.
“You can also write a personal message on the online ‘Thank You’ wall and show your appreciation to the fantastic carers in our community.
“Let’s make National Carers Week 2017 a week to remember.”
National Carers Week is an initiative of peak body Carers Australia with primary activities funded by the Australian Government.