MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Kevin Slater took part in the walk for Carers Australia with his dog Tiny.
MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Kevin Slater took part in the walk for Carers Australia with his dog Tiny. Sarah Dionysius

Walk in Roma to back our unpaid carers

A TRIP to the shops is something most people take for granted, but for many this simple task would be unachievable if not for the help of some extraordinary people.

In an effort to raise awareness of these people, members within Roma took part in a walk organised by Carers Australia.

Carers Australia team leader Helen Murphy was one among those who made the trek from Apex Park to The Big Rig and back for light refreshments.

“It’s a walk to highlight the carers in our community and at the same time raise a little bit of money but it is more about raising awareness around how many carers we have here,” Ms Murphy said.

“We all know who the carers are but a lot of other people don’t and it’s also about getting businesses to understand carers and some of the problems they face.”

Ms Murphy hopes to encourage businesses to consider taking carers on as part-time employees so they can earn an income while still having time for their unpaid caring role.

“Carers who are supporting someone with a disability or an illness often find it difficult to find work as they often have to have days off very suddenly and that doesn’t always help the business and we understand that,” Ms Murphy said.

“But we want businesses to know that they can take on carers, especially as part-time staff.”

Roma resident Kevin Slater also took part in the walk, having once been a carer himself.

“I looked after my granddaughter right up until she was 18,” Mr Slater said.

“I’m retired now but I like to get out and do things you can’t do when you’re working and to support worthwhile causes like this one.”

For more information on how you can access carer supports and services, phone 1800 242 636 or visit carersaustralia.com.au/home.


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